Medical Dictionary

1

protective

play
adjective pro·tec·tive \prə-ˈtek-tiv\

Medical Definition of protective

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


2

protective

noun pro·tec·tive

Medical Definition of protective

  1. :  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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up protective? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to counsel, recommend, or inform

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!