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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


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: 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.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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