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prophylaxis

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noun, pro·phy·lax·is \-ˈlak-səs\

Definition of prophylaxis

plural prophylaxesplay \-ˈlak-ˌsēz\

  1. :  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

Rhymes with prophylaxis


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prophylaxis

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noun pro·phy·lax·is \-ˈlak-səs\

Medical Definition of prophylaxis

plural prophylaxes \-ˈlak-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  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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