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prophylactic

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adjective pro·phy·lac·tic \ˌprō-fə-ˈlak-tik also ˌprä-\

Definition of prophylactic

  1. 1 :  guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection

  2. 2 :  tending to prevent or ward off :  preventive

prophylactically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of prophylactic in a Sentence

  1. the prophylactic use of antibiotics

  2. the many prophylactic measures that city officials could have taken to reduce the scope of the disaster

Origin and Etymology of prophylactic

Greek prophylaktikos, from prophylassein to be on guard, from pro- before + phylassein to guard, from phylak-, phylax guard


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prophylactic

noun pro·phy·lac·tic

Definition of prophylactic

  1. :  something prophylactic; especially :  a device and especially a condom for preventing venereal infection or conception

First Known Use of prophylactic

circa 1641


PROPHYLACTIC Defined for English Language Learners

prophylactic

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adjective

Definition of prophylactic for English Language Learners

  • medical : designed to prevent disease

prophylactic

noun

Definition of prophylactic for English Language Learners

  • medical : something that is designed to prevent the spread of disease or infection


Medical Dictionary

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prophylactic

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adjective pro·phy·lac·tic \ˌprō-fə-ˈlak-tik also ˌpräf-ə-\

Medical Definition of prophylactic

  1. 1:  guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection prophylactic therapy

  2. 2:  tending to prevent or ward off :  preventive

prophylactically

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prophylactic

noun pro·phy·lac·tic

Medical Definition of prophylactic

  1. :  something (as a medicinal preparation) that is prophylactic; especially :  a device and especially a condom for preventing venereal infection or conception


Law Dictionary

prophylactic

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adjective pro·phy·lac·tic \ˌprō-fə-ˈlak-tik, ˌprä-\

Legal Definition of prophylactic

  1. :  designed or tending to prevent harm or wrong a prophylactic rule against profiting from inside information


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