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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

in reference to vaccine against poliomyelitis, 1954, from U.S. virologist Jonas Edward Salk (1914-1995), who developed it.


A salk is a small military unit led by a senior soldier that is subordinate to an infantry squad. Salk is bigger than a lahingpaar (fire and maneuver team) but smaller than a jagu (squad). It is also one of the smallest military formation among the Estonian Ground Force infantry units.

Salk (disambiguation)

A salk is a type of military unit.

Salk may also refer to:

  • Jonas Salk (1914–1995), developer of the first effective polio vaccine
    • Designation form the inactivated (dead) poliovirus form of polio vaccine
  • Lee Salk (1926-1992), psychologist and author
  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a research institute in La Jolla, California, USA
  • Salk School of Science, middle school in Manhattan
  • Salk Hall

Usage examples of "salk".

Half a dozen sailors closed in, moving between the moustached bodyguard and Salk Elan.

He heard Salk Elan sigh, then head in the opposite direction, ascending the companionway ladder to the main deck.

Eating with the crew in the galley had also reduced the number of encounters with either Salk Elan or the treasurer.

Kalam and Salk Elan carried the man between them to the side and pitched him over without ceremony.

And not inside it, but at the gates, though by all means, Salk Elan, feel free to explore its yard.

Yet, if you ride around La Jolla for long, you will almost certainly drive past the Scripps Research Institute or the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Francis Crick, the eighty-five-year-old president emeritus of Salk, still shows up at his office.

Fred Gage, who is co-director of the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute.

In 1998, though, Gage and his colleagues at Salk, along with a team from Sahlgrenska University Hospital, in Sweden, managed to use an approach that had initially been suggested by Michael Kaplan in 1982.

Jonas Salk and Marie Curie and Lee De Forest and all the rest of them have got to move over, slide aside, get to the back of the bus.

Polio, which had kept my parents quarantined indoors during the summers of their childhood, had been conquered by the Salk vaccine.

Karen, Nim learned, had been stricken with poliomyelitis just one year before the Salk vaccine went into widespread use in North America and, with Sabin vaccine a few years later, wiped polio from the landscape.

Francis Crick of Cambridge, England, and Leslie Orgel of the Salk Institute at San Diego, California, put forward, at a joint meeting of the American and Russian science academies in 1971, the exciting idea that aliens deliberately infected Earth with its first life.

I graduated from the only college that won the NIT and NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year but more importantly than that a Jonas Salk graduated from that same NYC school and tried to rid the world of polio and ironically another person graduated from there too - the Secretary of State - who has forgotten his proud roots and chose to begin his march toward the scent of more money.

Lovering, nervous as the day Ulrich threw Salk in his stigmata, leads the way, letting loose a full-blooded cackle.