con·​tra·​in·​di·​cate | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈin-də-ˌkāt How to pronounce contraindicate (audio) \
contraindicated; contraindicating; contraindicates

Definition of contraindicate

transitive verb

: to make (a treatment or procedure) inadvisable

Examples of contraindicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That would never be recommended, and in fact contraindicated, for ... patients who have pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin's Detroit-based doctor talks about the cancer that took her life," 16 Aug. 2019 Again, the medical consensus is not that all antipsychotics are contraindicated during pregnancy. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 All this contraindicates the democracy movement’s prescription: If our republic’s true sickness is its inegalitarian economic system, then that illness won’t be cured by cross-ideological coalitions. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy," 23 May 2018 And although not [over the counter], cosmetic procedures such as Botulinum toxin and fillers are contraindicated during pregnancy. Allure, "11 of the Best Skin-Care Products for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers," 30 Mar. 2018 Such treatment also may be contraindicated because of a co-occurring medical issue. Laura Arrowsmith,, "Transgender patients need better doctors," 11 Dec. 2017 The American Academy of Pediatrics has definitely said that using marijuana is contraindicated while breast-feeding. Sandy Bauers,, "Pediatrician: Pot may be legal, but that doesn't make it safe while breast-feeding," 26 Sep. 2017

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1666, in the meaning defined above

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“Contraindicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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transitive verb
con·​tra·​in·​di·​cate | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈin-də-ˌkāt How to pronounce contraindicate (audio) \
contraindicated; contraindicating

Medical Definition of contraindicate

: to make (a treatment or procedure) inadvisable

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