Definition of prophylactic in English:

prophylactic

Line breaks: prophy|lac¦tic
Pronunciation: /ˌprɒfɪˈlaktɪk
 
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adjective

Intended to prevent disease: prophylactic measures
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  • The role of traditional risk factors and prophylactic measures in air travel-related venous thromboembolism needs further investigation.
  • Although some of these illnesses can be prevented by vaccines or prophylactic measures, proper sanitation and personal cleanliness are vital to disease prevention.
  • Preventive or prophylactic therapy is helpful in most of the cases and requires a small dose of antibiotic, which is generally given at bed time for prolonged periods of 6 to 12 months.
Synonyms

noun

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1A medicine or course of action used to prevent disease: I took malaria prophylactics
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  • It is an anti-oestrogen widely used in the adjuvant therapy of breast cancer and is also used as a prophylactic to prevent the disease in high-risk women.
  • In animal experiments and observational research, vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, looks promising as a prophylactic against cardiovascular disease and cancer, but short term clinical trials have been disappointing.
  • Its use as a prophylactic, especially in cardiac surgery, may increase.
Synonyms
preventive measure, precaution, safeguard, safety measure; preventive medicine
2North American A condom.
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  • As the primary vehicle for the sale of prophylactics, drugstores brought condoms within the reach of increasing numbers of American males.
  • In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with one exception: prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises.
  • Faced with an epidemic of gonorrhea and syphilis, American commanders overseas ignored domestic advice-givers and followed the French practice of providing their men with prophylactics.
Synonyms
condom, sheath; female condom
British trademark Durex, Femidom
informal Frenchy
British informal johnny, something for the weekend
North American informal rubber, safe, safety, skin
British informal , dated French letter
dated protective

Origin

late 16th century: from French prophylactique, from Greek prophulaktikos, from pro 'before' + phulassein 'to guard'.

Derivatives

prophylactically

adverb
More example sentences
  • Drugs like verapamil, divalproex, topiramate, lithium carbonate, methysergide and prednisone are used prophylactically in prevention.
  • You see, I am one of those people who live prophylactically and sanely and sensibly.
  • Following recovery from an acute episode they were treated prophylactically with lithium carbonate and followed for a period of two years.

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