Prophylactic

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 prophylactic — I. adjective Etymology: Greek prophylaktikos, from prophylassein to be on guard, from pro before + phylassein to guard, from phylak , phylax guard Date: 1574 1. guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection 2.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 prophylactic — prophylactically, adv. /proh feuh lak tik, prof euh /, adj. 1. defending or protecting from disease or infection, as a drug. 2. preventive or protective. n. 3. Med. a prophylactic medicine or measure. 4. a preventive. 5. a device, usually a… …

    Universalium

  • 14 prophylactic — 1. noun a) A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive. It is not clear whether such education is to be directed to homosexuals (for whom prophylactics are not a contraceptive) or to heterosexuals as well (for whom… …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 prophylactic — pro|phy|lac|tic1 [ ,prafə læktık ] adjective MEDICAL intended to prevent disease or infection prophylactic pro|phy|lac|tic 2 [ ,prafə læktık ] noun count 1. ) MEDICAL a medicine or treatment used for preventing disease or infection 2. ) AMERICAN… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 prophylactic — [16] Prophylactic comes from Greek prophulaktikós, a derivative of the verb prophulássein. This meant literally ‘keep guard in front of a place’, and hence ‘take precautions against’. It was formed from the prefix pro ‘before’ and phulássein… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 prophylactic —    a contraceptive sheath    Literally, associated with the prevention of any disease. Used in the Second World War to describe any process to reduce the incidence of venereal disease:     ... his paybook, his handkerchief creased according to… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 18 prophylactic — pro•phy•lac•tic [[t]ˌproʊ fəˈlæk tɪk, ˌprɒf ə [/t]] adj. 1) med cvb preventive or protective, esp. from disease or infection 2) med a prophylactic medicine or measure 3) a preventive 4) a device used to prevent conception or venereal infection,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 prophylactic — /prɒfəˈlæktɪk / (say profuh laktik) adjective 1. defending or protecting from disease, as a drug. 2. preventive; preservative; protective. –noun 3. a prophylactic medicine or measure. 4. a contraceptive, especially a condom. {Greek… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 prophylactic — [16] Prophylactic comes from Greek prophulaktikós, a derivative of the verb prophulássein. This meant literally ‘keep guard in front of a place’, and hence ‘take precautions against’. It was formed from the prefix pro ‘before’ and phulássein… …

    Word origins