con·​tra·​in·​di·​cat·​ed ˌkän-trə-ˈin-də-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce contraindicated (audio)
: not advised as a course of treatment or procedure
The use of most salt substitutes is contraindicated for patients with chronic renal disease because many contain large amounts of potassium.Nutritional Support Handbook
The potential recipients must demonstrate adequate medical need (that is, they will die if a transplantation is not provided within the near future), lack of contraindicated medical factors (such as metastatic cancer), a willingness to participate in an arduous medical undertaking, and financial capability …Carl Greiner

Examples of contraindicated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the judges saw contraindicated devices differently. Jim Spencer and Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Scott says benzodiazepines are not included on a list of contraindicated medications for potential patients. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 27 Aug. 2022 The distinction between off-label use and contraindicated use is central to the Ninth Circuit decision. Jim Spencer and Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contraindicated was in 1811

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“Contraindicated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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