American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective.
- n. A prophylactic agent, device, or measure, such as a vaccine or drug.
- n. A contraceptive device, especially a condom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In medicine, preventive; defending from disease: as, prophylactic doses of quinine.
- n. Anything, as a medicine, which defends against disease; a preventive of disease.
- n. Same as prophylaxis.
- n. A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive.
- n. US Specifically, a prophylactic condom.
- n. figuratively Any device or mechanism intended to prevent harmful consequences.
- adj. Serving to prevent or protect against an undesired effect, especially disease.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive.
- adj. (Med.) Defending or preserving from disease; preventive.
- adj. warding off
- adj. capable of preventing conception or impregnation
- adj. preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
- n. remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
- n. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
- French prophylactique, from Greek prophulaktikos, from prophulassein, to take precautions against : pro-, before; see pro-2 + phulassein, to protect (from phulax, guard). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thirdly, if people are getting frequent attacks, there are what we call prophylactic, preventive drugs.”
“And slightly later, I owe my gratitude to Al Lowe for teaching me, by way of Leisure Suit Larry, what a "prophylactic" is at the age of eight or so (yes, precocious, intellectual independence, hallelujah)!”
“Prophylactic The word prophylactic means preventive but condoms are sometimes called prophylactics.”
“It preys only upon ignorance, and a very moderate amount of knowledge is an almost certain prophylactic against it.”
“And I cannot believe that many persons are aware that the word prophylactic, defined as ` preventive of disease, 'may just as properly be used to describe the kind of rubbers your mother made you wear in the rain as the devices the army used to distribute for the protection of promiscuous privates.”
“Manishin explained that in mega-media deals of this sort, the FCC typically takes a "prophylactic" -- or preemptive -- role, while the Justice Department would wait until an anti-competitive action had occurred.”
“Preventive mastectomy, also known as prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy, can decrease the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 90 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.”
“The number of women undergoing this surgical procedure, known as prophylactic mastectomy, has "almost doubled in recent times without any evidence of survival benefit and the reasons for this need to be addressed and alternative strategies considered," Dr. Ajay Sahu, a consultant breast surgeon at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, England, said in a news release.”
“Giving patients Bactrim (co-trimoxazole) is called prophylactic therapy.”
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