prophylaxis


pro·phy·lax·is

noun \-ˈlak-səs\
plural pro·phy·lax·es\-ˈlak-ˌsēz\

Definition of PROPHYLAXIS

:  measures designed to preserve health (as of an individual or of society) and prevent the spread of disease

Origin of PROPHYLAXIS

New Latin, from Greek prophylaktikos
First Known Use: circa 1842

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with PROPHYLAXIS

pro·phy·lax·is

noun \-ˈlak-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pro·phy·lax·es \-ˈlak-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PROPHYLAXIS

: measures designed to preserve health and prevent the spread of disease : protective or preventive treatment <prophylaxis against viral diseases> <a paste containing fluorine for dental prophylaxis>

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