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prophylactic

(adjective) Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective.

Synonyms: preventative

Usage: The doctor prescribed a prophylactic antibiotic to the nervous patient.
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prophylactic (adj.)
1570s, originally of medicines, "that tends to prevent disease," from Middle French prophylactique (16c.) and directly as a Latinized borrowing of Greek prophylaktikos "precautionary," from prophylassein "keep guard before, ward off, be on one's guard," from pro "before" + phylassein, Ionic variant of phylattein "to watch over, to guard," but also "cherish, keep, remain in, preserve," from phylax "guard," a word of unknown origin.

The noun is first recorded 1640s, "a medicine or treatment to prevent disease;" meaning "condom" is from 1943, replacing earlier preventive (1822), preventative (1901). Condoms originally were used more to thwart contagious disease than to prevent pregnancy.
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Prophylactic might sound like a prehistoric period when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but it actually describes something that can prevent something negative, such as disease. Prophylactic surgery to remove a mole can prevent skin cancer.
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If you want to avoid getting sick, you can get a vaccine, take medicine, or have surgery — all of which are considered prophylactic measures. Delve deeper into the history of this four-syllable word and you'll find the Greek term prophulaktikos, which means to "guard before." Prophylactic can also describe a contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. This use of the word started because condoms, which are prophylactics, were originally designed to prevent disease, not pregnancy.
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prophylactic
Definition: (adjective) Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective.
Synonyms: preventative
Usage: The doctor prescribed a prophylactic antibiotic to the nervous patient.
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pro·phy·lac·tic (prō′fə-lăk′tĭk, prŏf′ə-)
adj.
Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective.
n.
1. A prophylactic agent, device, or measure, such as a vaccine or drug.
2. A contraceptive device, especially a condom.
[French prophylactique, from Greek prophulaktikos, from prophulassein, to take precautions against : pro-, before; see pro-2 + phulassein, to protect (from phulax, guard).]
pro′phy·lac′ti·cal·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
prophylactic (ˌprɒfɪˈlæktɪk)
adj
1. (Medicine) protecting from or preventing disease
2. protective or preventive
n
(Medicine) a prophylactic drug or device, esp a condom
[C16: via French from Greek prophulaktikos, from prophulassein to guard by taking advance measures, from pro-2 + phulax a guard]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
pro•phy•lac•tic (ˌproʊ fəˈlæk tɪk, ˌprɒf ə-)

adj.
1. preventive or protective, esp. from disease or infection.
n.
2. a prophylactic medicine or measure.
3. a preventive.
4. a device used to prevent conception or venereal infection, esp. a condom.
[1565–75; < Greek prophylaktikós=prophylak-, base of prophylássein to be on guard, take precautions]
pro`phy•lac′ti•cal•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


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prophylactic

Definition: (adjective) Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective.
Synonyms: preventative
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