protective

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adjective

pro·​tec·​tive prə-ˈtek-tiv How to pronounce protective (audio)
: serving to protect the body or one of its parts from disease or injury
a protective reflex

protective

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noun

: 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/protective. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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