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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.
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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]
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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.
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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"
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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
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prophylactic

adjective
Defending against disease:
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Translations

prophylactic

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

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

nProphylaktikum nt; (= contraceptive)Präservativ nt
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prophylactic

[ˌprɒfɪˈlæktɪk]
1. adj (Med) → profilattico/a
2. nprofilattico
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pro·phy·lac·tic

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

adj profiláctico; n (ant) condón m, preservativo
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Many current studies have suggested that prophylactic antibiotic therapy decreases bacterial infection rate, rebleeding, and in-hospital mortality in cirrhotic patients with either variceal bleeding or peptic ulcer bleeding (5-7).
Although prophylactic antibiotic therapy (intravenous ceftriaxone) was administered, patient developed fever five days after the variceal treatment.