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prophylactic

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adjective pro·phy·lac·tic \ˌprō-fə-ˈlak-tik also ˌprä-\

Simple Definition of prophylactic

  • medical : designed to prevent disease

Full Definition of prophylactic

  1. 1 :  guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection

  2. 2 :  tending to prevent or ward off :  preventive

pro·phy·lac·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of prophylactic

  1. the prophylactic use of antibiotics

  2. <the many prophylactic measures that city officials could have taken to reduce the scope of the disaster>



Origin of prophylactic

Greek prophylaktikos, from prophylassein to be on guard, from pro- before + phylassein to guard, from phylak-, phylax guard


First Known Use: 1574


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prophylactic

noun pro·phy·lac·tic

Simple Definition of prophylactic

  • medical : something that is designed to prevent the spread of disease or infection

Full Definition of prophylactic

  1. :  something prophylactic; especially :  a device and especially a condom for preventing venereal infection or conception

1642

First Known Use of prophylactic

1642


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