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pro·phy·lax·is

 (prō′fə-lăk′sĭs, prŏf′ə-)
n. pl. pro·phy·lax·es (-lăk′sēz′)
Prevention of or protective treatment for disease.

[New Latin, from Greek prophulaktikos, prophylactic; see prophylactic.]

prophylaxis

(ˌprɒfɪˈlæksɪs)
n
(Medicine) the prevention of disease or control of its possible spread

pro•phy•lax•is

(ˌproʊ fəˈlæk sɪs, ˌprɒf ə-)

n., pl. -lax•es.
1. the prevention of disease, as by protective measures.
2. prophylactic treatment.
[1835–45; < New Latin < Greek prophylak- (see prophylactic) + -sis -sis]

prophylaxis

protection from or prevention of disease. — prophylactic, adj.
See also: Health
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prophylaxis - the prevention of disease
prevention, bar - the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
Translations
الوقاية

prophylaxis

[ˌprɒfɪˈlæksɪs] Nprofilaxis f

prophylaxis

nProphylaxe f

pro·phy·lax·is

n. profilaxis, medidas para prevenir enfermedades o su propagación.

prophylaxis

n profilaxis f; postexposure — profilaxis postexposición
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In conjunction, the company had signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) to develop Tafenoquine as a weekly prophylactic drug for the prevention of malaria.
While the purpose of using prophylactic drug is to prevent PONV, it is imperative that drugs used do not compromise the patient's condition due to the side effects.
They were randomized to a series of 12 acupuncture sessions or to whatever conventional prophylactic drug the physician and patient agreed was most appropriate.
To the Editor: Doxycycline is an effective antimalarial prophylactic drug when administered as a monotherapy 1 day before, daily during, and for 4 weeks after travel to an area where malaria is endemic (1).
Life-style changes which target a decrease in the triggering factors, supportive therapies during attacks and prophylactic drug therapies are used (5).
Enough is known about the causes of breast cancer to make a vaccine or prophylactic drug a real possibility, a leading cancer expert said this week.
Enough is known about the cause of breast cancer to make a vaccine or prophylactic drug a real possibility, a leading cancer expert said last night.
Those who discontinued their daily analgesic and got a new prophylactic drug experienced the biggest improvement with their headaches.
In addition, there can be provided a diagnostic agent, a therapeutic agent, or a prophylactic drug for Malassezia allergies, wherein the agent includes, as an active ingredient, the antigenic protein or fragments thereof.
The use of prophylactic drug therapy is controversial.
No treatment or prophylactic drug has ever been developed for cattle brucellosis.
A study recently reported in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that diazepam (Valium) may be the best prophylactic drug.

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