American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Prevention of or protective treatment for disease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, the guarding against the attack of some disease. Also prophylactic, prophylaxy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) The art of preserving from, or of preventing, disease; the observance of the rules necessary for the preservation of health; preservative or preventive treatment.
- n. the prevention of disease
- From Latin, from Ancient Greek πρό (pro, "before") + φυλάξις (phylaxis, "a watching, guarding"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, from Greek prophulaktikos, prophylactic; see prophylactic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Another beneficial prophylaxis is to take probiotic acididophilus and other lactic fermentation products daily, either in capsules or as yoghurt or in Yakult ™.”
“Newborn diagnosis enables healthcare providers to start preventive treatment (penicillin prophylaxis) and family health education before the start of symptoms.”
“In addition, the available treatments for long-term prophylaxis are associated with significant side effects.”
“Wiener RH, Malinchoc M, et al. A model to in patients receiving long-term prophylaxis to prevent predict surviral in patients with end-stage liver disease. hepatitis B recurrence.”
“It was explained to us that Tamiflu was only available for her and not the rest of the family as it seems basically everybody in this part of the world would be exposed to this illness over the next few weeks so the idea of prophylaxis to prevent spread no longer made sense.”
“And also, it's important to point out that this was used purely as prophylaxis, meaning in women who had not developed asthma, it reduced the number of new asthma cases.”
“Richet calls this hypersensitivity with regard to toxins, anaphylaxis, in contrast to phylaxis or prophylaxis, meaning protection.”
“It firmly secures the e5 pawn, grabs more space, and is a kind of "prophylaxis" against Black's main try for counterplay ... g5.”
“The world needs a fully funded, comprehensive and strategic approach to AIDS prevention and treatment, which includes finding new HIV prevention options, such as AIDS vaccines and antiretroviral-based HIV prevention, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and microbicide gels that could be used by women and men to protect themselves from HIV infection.”
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