contraindication

noun
con·​tra·​in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce contraindication (audio) \

Definition of contraindication

: something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable

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For doctors, an indication is a symptom or circumstance that makes a particular medical treatment desirable. Serious anxiety, for example, is often an indication for prescribing a tranquilizer. A contraindication, then, is a symptom or condition that makes a treatment risky, such as taking certain other medications at the same time. Drugs and conditions that are contraindicated for a medication are listed on its label, and reeled off at high speed in TV ads. Patients can guard against the dangers of drug interaction by reading labels carefully and making sure their doctors know what else they're currently taking.

Examples of contraindication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Administering a vaccine with a live virus, thought to possibly pose a risk to the growing fetus, is the only contraindication. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Pregnant women do receive vaccines, but more study needed on COVID-19 shot," 29 Dec. 2020 There’s no contraindication, and breastfeeding has been shown to protect your baby from other issues along they way. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "What To Avoid While Breastfeeding, From Botox To Wine To Sushi," 27 Aug. 2020 And then, just before his hospital started Covid-19 sample testing, Bapat came across the contraindications of hydroxychloroquine, which, at the moment is being considered as one of the drugs to prevent and treat Covid-19. Priti Salian, Quartz India, "Differently abled Indian healthcare workers fight a lonely battle against Covid-19," 8 May 2020 According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, absolute contraindications (aka, reasons not to use a medication or procedure) to LASIK include cataracts, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Is LASIK Surgery Safe? A Former FDA Adviser Raises Doubts—But Here's What Eye Docs Have to Say," 15 Nov. 2019 This is a really thorny area that isn’t set in stone, because this contraindication may be based on outdated advice. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 Just last April, the FDA required that a contraindication, its strictest warning, for prescription codeine and tramadol medicines. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018 The contraindication warns not to give these products to children under 12 due to their faster metabolisms. Philly.com, "Why codeine doesn't belong in children's medications," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of contraindication

1623, in the meaning defined above

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“Contraindication.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contraindication. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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contraindication

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English Language Learners Definition of contraindication

medical : something (such as a symptom or condition) that is a medical reason for not doing or using something (such as a treatment, procedure, or activity)

contraindication

noun
con·​tra·​in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ -ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce contraindication (audio) \

Medical Definition of contraindication

: something (as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable

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