This term is used to describe a vaccine that contains live but weakened viruses that will cause the body to develop an active immunity to them but will not normally cause disease.

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At*ten"u*ate (#), At*ten"u*a`ted (#), a. [L. attenuatus, p. p.]


Made thin or slender.


Made thin or less viscid; rarefied.



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