Definition of prophylaxis in English:


Line breaks: prophy|laxis
Pronunciation: /ˌprɒfɪˈlaksɪs


[mass noun]
  • Treatment given or action taken to prevent disease: [with modifier]: all patients received preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis stroke prophylaxis
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    • In those who are severely immunosuppressed the treatment and prophylaxis of opportunistic infections remains important.
    • Containment may not be possible without vaccination, prophylaxis or effective treatment.
    • Most urologic procedures do not require preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis.
    preventive treatment, prevention, protection


mid 19th century: modern Latin, from pro-2 'before' + Greek phulaxis 'act of guarding'.

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