Definition of chemoprophylaxis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkiːməʊprɒfɪˈlaksɪs/
Pronunciation: /ˌkɛməʊprɒfɪˈlaksɪs/


[mass noun]
The use of drugs to prevent disease.
Example sentences
  • However, there is no evidence that chemoprophylaxis prevents late-onset disease.
  • It reviews key risk factors for malaria acquisition, measures to prevent mosquito bites, and drugs approved for chemoprophylaxis.
  • To prevent recurrence of serious bacterial respiratory infections, antibiotic chemoprophylaxis may be considered.



Example sentences
  • All antimalarial chemoprophylactic regimens are associated with mild adverse events, but serious events are rare.
  • Patients developing many skin cancers will also be treated with topical and oral chemoprophylactic medicines that can reduce the number of skin cancers occurring in the future.
  • Up to 12 percent of these women report allergy to the principal chemoprophylactic agent, penicillin, and are treated with erythromycin or clindamycin.

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Line breaks: chemo|prophy|laxis

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