protective

adjective
pro·​tec·​tive | \ prə-ˈtek-tiv How to pronounce protective (audio) \

Medical Definition of protective

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving to protect the body or one of its parts from disease or injury a protective reflex

protective

noun

Medical Definition of protective (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent (as a medicine or a dressing) that protects the body or one of its parts (as from irritation or injury) vitamins are protectives against certain deficiency diseases

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“Protective.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/protective. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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