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prophylactic

 [pro″fĭ-lak´tik]
1. pertaining to prophylaxis.
2. tending to ward off disease.
3. an agent that so acts.
4. condom.

pro·phy·lac·tic

(prō'fi-lak'tik),
1. Preventing disease; relating to prophylaxis. Synonym(s): preventive
2. An agent that acts to prevent a disease.
[G. prophylaktikos; see prophylaxis]

prophylactic

/pro·phy·lac·tic/ (pro″-fĭ-lak´tik)
1. tending to ward off disease; pertaining to prophylaxis.
2. an agent that tends to ward off disease.

prophylactic

(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.

pro′phy·lac′ti·cal·ly adv.

prophylactic

[prō′filak′tik]
Etymology: Gk, prophylax, advance guard
1 adj, preventing the spread of disease.
2 n, an agent that prevents the spread of disease.
3 n, a popular name for condom. -prophylactically, adv.

prophylactic

adjective Referring to a preventive manoeuvre.

noun An older term for condom.

prophylactic

Medtalk adjective Preventive, protective noun A drug, vaccine, regimen, or device designed to prevent or protect against a given disorder Vox populi Condom, see there.

pro·phy·lac·tic

(prō'fi-lak'tik)
1. Preventing disease; relating to prophylaxis.
Synonym(s): preventive.
2. An agent that acts to prevent a disease.
3. Colloq. used to mean condom, and to a lesser extent, a method of birth control.

prophylactic

And any act, procedure, drug or equipment used to guard against or prevent an unwanted outcome, such as a disease.

Prophylactic

Guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection.

prophylactic,

adj serving to prevent or defend against disease.

prophylactic,

n 1. intervention that prevents or defends against disease.
2. a condom.

prophylactic 

1. Preventing disease. 2. An agent or a remedy that either prevents the development of a disease or prevents the worsening of a disease process.

pro·phy·lac·tic

(prō'fi-lak'tik)
1. Preventing disease; relating to prophylaxis.
Synonym(s): preventive.
2. Agent that acts to prevent disease. e.g., a condom
[G. prophylaktikos; see etymology of prophylaxis]

prophylactic (prō´filak´tik),

adj preventing disease; relating to prophylaxis.

prophylactic

1. tending to ward off disease; pertaining to prophylaxis.
2. an agent that tends to ward off disease.

prophylactic antibiotic therapy
treatment with antibiotics, beginning just before a surgical procedure, to minimize or prevent development of infection. See also perioperative.
prophylactic vaccination
vaccination carried out in expectation of the occurrence of the disease.
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Antidepressants, in particular amitriptyline (Gerda's Elavil; Teofarma's Laroxyl; other brands; generics), were also common first-line treatment choices among prophylactically naive patients and recently treated patients.
Using the drug prophylactically "allows clinicians a little more lead time in treating these patients, many of whom are at increased risk of a low-stress fracture," said Dr.
Clinical infections, a concern with multicatheter placement, occurred in four patients, and all were successfully treated with antibiotics prophylactically.
Other poster presentations at the meeting detailed the efficacy of rizatriptan administered early in the course of menstrual migraines and the safety and tolerability of frovatriptan taken prophylactically each month in women with regular menstrual cycles.
Test results are usually shown within a few hours of specimen collection, allowing a physician to quickly decide whether antibiotics are necessary, rather than prescribing them prophylactically while waiting for culture results.
One issue being debated is whether it is better to prophylactically intubate a patient or to observe the airway in a monitored setting.
The mice given antibody prophylactically, before a large dose of the bacterium of the same serotype, all survived and showed few symptoms.
Various commercial vaccines are being used to control coccidiosis in several countries of the world in spite of their limitations in broiler and heavy roster birds, because of reduced weight gain and feed conversion ratios as compared to those prophylactically medicated chickens.
The vaccine is effective in inhibiting tumor growth in mice under various conditions and can slow the growth of tumors prophylactically or by treatment with or subsequent to the establishment of solid tumors.
Acacia Pharma has previously generated positive Phase IIa clinical data when the drug was given prophylactically to cancer patients being treated with the HEC, cisplatin.
More than half of patients (40) received brachytherapy without antibiotics; 26 patients received antibiotics prophylactically.
Marrazzo said, "This is exciting, but also scary because some women who use these drugs prophylactically will contract HIV, and there is a possibility that they will then show early treatment resistance to tenofovir, which is the backbone of antiretroviral therapy.