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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
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