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Meaning of PROPHYLACTIC

Pronunciation:  `prowfu'laktik

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse
  2. [n]  remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
  3. [adj]  preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"
  4. [adj]  tending to ward off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze
  5. [adj]  capable of preventing conception or impregnation; "contraceptive devices and medications"
 

PROPHYLACTIC is a 12 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: antifertility, cautionary, condom, contraceptive, healthful, preventative, preventive, protective, rubber, safe, safety
 
 See Also: birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, curative, cure, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device, remedy

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Proph`y*lac"tic\, n. [Cf. F. prophylactique.]
    (Med.)
    A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a
    preventive.
    
    
  2. \Proph`y*lac"tic\, Prophylactical
    
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Treatment, usually immunologic or chemotherapeutic, designed to protect an individual from a future attack by a pathogen.
 

 

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