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pro·phy·lac·tic

 (prō′fə-lăk′tĭk, prŏf′ə-)
adj.
Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective.
n.
1. A prophylactic agent, device, or measure, such as a vaccine or drug.
2. A contraceptive device, especially a condom.

[French prophylactique, from Greek prophulaktikos, from prophulassein, to take precautions against : pro-, before; see pro-2 + phulassein, to protect (from phulax, guard).]

pro′phy·lac′ti·cal·ly adv.

prophylactic

(ˌprɒfɪˈlæktɪk)
adj
1. (Medicine) protecting from or preventing disease
2. protective or preventive
n
(Medicine) a prophylactic drug or device, esp a condom
[C16: via French from Greek prophulaktikos, from prophulassein to guard by taking advance measures, from pro-2 + phulax a guard]

pro•phy•lac•tic

(ˌproʊ fəˈlæk tɪk, ˌprɒf ə-)

adj.
1. preventive or protective, esp. from disease or infection.
n.
2. a prophylactic medicine or measure.
3. a preventive.
4. a device used to prevent conception or venereal infection, esp. a condom.
[1565–75; < Greek prophylaktikós=prophylak-, base of prophylássein to be on guard, take precautions]
pro`phy•lac′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prophylactic - remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or diseaseprophylactic - remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
2.prophylactic - contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourseprophylactic - contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
Adj.1.prophylactic - capable of preventing conception or impregnationprophylactic - capable of preventing conception or impregnation; "contraceptive devices and medications"
protective - intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind; "a protective covering"; "the use of protective masks and equipment"; "protective coatings"; "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"; "animals with protective coloring"; "protective tariffs"
2.prophylactic - warding off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze
protective - intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind; "a protective covering"; "the use of protective masks and equipment"; "protective coatings"; "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"; "animals with protective coloring"; "protective tariffs"
3.prophylactic - preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"
healthful - conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"

prophylactic

adjective
1. preventative, protective, preventive, precautionary vaccination and other prophylactic measures
noun
1. preventative measure, safeguard, precaution, safety measure, preventative medicine The region began to use quinine as a prophylactic.
2. condom, johnny (informal), rubber (U.S.), sheath, Durex (Brit. trademark), Femidom (Brit. trademark), something for the weekend (informal) the use of prophylactics for protection against sexually-transmitted disease

prophylactic

adjective
Defending against disease:
Translations

prophylactic

[ˌprɒfɪˈlæktɪk]
A. ADJprofiláctico
B. N (= contraceptive) → profiláctico m

prophylactic

[ˌprɒfɪˈlæktɪk]
adj (= preventive) → prophylactique
n
(= drug, device) → traitement m prophylactique
(= condom) → préservatif m

prophylactic

nProphylaktikum nt; (= contraceptive)Präservativ nt

prophylactic

[ˌprɒfɪˈlæktɪk]
1. adj (Med) → profilattico/a
2. nprofilattico

pro·phy·lac·tic

n. profiláctico.
1. agente o método para evitar infecciones;
2. contraceptivo.

prophylactic

adj profiláctico; n (ant) condón m, preservativo
References in classic literature ?
And he was so fine to look at, with his broad mailed shoulders, and the grand leonine set of his plumed head, and his big shield with its quaint device of a gauntleted hand clutch- ing a prophylactic tooth-brush, with motto: "Try Noyoudont.
It appeared, by what I could piece together of the unprofane fragments of his statement, that he had chanced upon Sir Ossaise at dawn of the morning, and been told that if he would make a short cut across the fields and swamps and broken hills and glades, he could head off a company of travelers who would be rare customers for prophylactics and tooth-wash.
But my uncle led me to his drugstore, where the stage was to call for me, and made me taste a little camphor; with this prophylactic, Cervantes and I somehow got home together alive.
Contract notice: supply of iodine prophylactic preparations
Clinical evidence guiding the management of thrombocytopenia with prophylactic platelet transfusion is debateable.
According to the report, the prophylactic treatment approach helps in preventing spontaneous bleeding episodes, increases the quality of life in terms of physical activities, and retains the level of clotting factors above a baseline.
The responder rate in the prophylactic pharmacotherapy group was similar at 38%.
The published data prompted a Cochrane systematic review which concluded that acupuncture is at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, has fewer adverse effects, and should be considered a legitimate treatment option (Cochrane Database Syst.
The present article describes a study undertaken to assess the efficacy of the use of prophylactic orally administered ephedrine for the prevention of hypotension following spinal anaesthesia.
Interest in the STIC to extra-fallopian tube serous cancers hypothesis was enhanced by the histopathologic evaluation of the ovaries and fallopian tubes of BRCA-positive women undergoing prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
The company stated that the DNA derived haemophilia B therapy is clinically proven to decrease bleeding episodes with prophylactic (protective) infusions starting at least a week apart.
5% of the patients were using prophylactic antibiotic including mainly co-trimoxazole.