Definitions for: Prophylactic


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Proph`y*lac"tic, n. [Cf. F. prophylactique.]
(Med.)
A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a
preventive.


Proph`y*lac"tic, Prophylactical

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

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