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IUD, aegis, antacid, antidote, antiseptic, arm guard, aseptic, backstop, bag, birth control device, boiled, buffer, bulwark, bumper, condom, contraceptive, contraceptive foam, copyright, counteractant, counteractive, counteragent, counterirritant, covering, crash helmet, cushion, custodial, dashboard, decontaminated, defensive, deterrent, deterring, diaphragm, discouraging, disinfected, dodger, face mask, fender, finger guard, foot guard, forbidding, forestalling, fostering, fuse, goggles, governor, guard, guardian, guarding, guardrail, hand guard, handrail, hard hat, helmet, hygienic, immunizing, insulation, interlock, intrauterine device, knee guard, knuckle guard, laminated glass, life preserver, lifeline, lightning conductor, lightning rod, mask, mudguard, neutralizer, nose guard, nullifier, offset, oral contraceptive, pad, padding, palladium, parental, pasteurized, patent, pessary, pilot, preclusive, preventative, preventive, prohibitive, protecting, protective, protective clothing, protective umbrella, remedy, rubber, safeguard, safeguarding, safety, safety glass, safety plug, safety rail, safety shoes, safety switch, safety valve, sanitary, screen, screening, seat belt, sheltering, shield, shielding, shin guard, skin, spermicidal jelly, spermicide, sterile, sterilized, sun helmet, the pill, tutelary, umbrella, uninfected, vigilant, watchful, windscreen, windshield

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  • prophylactic — pro·phy·lac·tic /ˌprō fə lak tik, ˌprä / adj: designed or tending to prevent harm or wrong a prophylactic rule against profiting from inside information Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • prophylactic — [prō΄fə lak′tik] adj. [Gr prophylaktikos < prophylassein, to be on guard < pro , before (see PRO 1) + phylassein, to guard < phylax, guard] preventive or protective; esp., preventing or guarding against disease n. 1. a prophylactic… …   English World dictionary

  • Prophylactic — Proph y*lac tic, n. [Cf. F. prophylactique.] (Med.) A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prophylactic — Proph y*lac tic, Prophylactical Proph y*lac tic*al, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to guard against; ? before + ? to guard: cf. F. prophylactique.] (Med.) Defending or preserving from disease; preventive. Coxe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prophylactic — (adj.) 1570s, originally of medicines, that tends to prevent disease, from Gk. prophylaktikos precautionary, from prophylassein keep guard before, ward off, from pro before (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + phylassein, Ionic variant of phylattein to watch… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prophylactic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ intended to prevent disease. ► NOUN 1) a preventative medicine or course of action. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a condom. ORIGIN Greek prophulaktikos, from phulassein to guard …   English terms dictionary

  • Prophylactic — A preventive measure. The word comes from the Greek for an advance guard, an apt term for a measure taken to fend off a disease or another unwanted consequence. A prophylactic is a medication or a treatment designed and used to prevent a disease… …   Medical dictionary

  • prophylactic — [[t]prɒ̱fɪlæ̱ktɪk[/t]] prophylactics 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Prophylactic means concerned with preventing disease. [MEDICAL] Vaccination and other prophylactic measures can be carried out. Syn: preventive 2) N COUNT A prophylactic is a substance or… …   English dictionary

  • prophylactic — 1. adjective prophylactic measures Syn: preventive, preventative, precautionary, protective, inhibitory 2. noun 1) a prophylactic against malaria Syn: preventive measure, precaution, safeguard, safety measure; preventive medicine 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • prophylactic — pro|phy|lac|tic1 [ˌprɔfıˈlæktık US ˌpra: ] adj technical [Date: 1500 1600; : Greek; Origin: prophylaktikos, from prophylassein to guard before , from phylax guard ] intended to prevent disease ▪ prophylactic antibiotics prophylactic 2… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prophylactic — I UK [ˌprɒfəˈlæktɪk] / US [ˌprɑfəˈlæktɪk] adjective medical intended to prevent disease or infection II UK [ˌprɒfəˈlæktɪk] / US [ˌprɑfəˈlæktɪk] noun [countable] Word forms prophylactic : singular prophylactic plural prophylactics 1) medical a… …   English dictionary

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