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protective

 [pro-tek´tiv]
1. affording protection.
2. an agent that provides defense against harmful influences; called also screen.

protective

/pro·tec·tive/ (-tek´tiv)
1. affording defense or immunity.
2. an agent affording defense or immunity.

protective

[-tek′tiv]
Etymology: L, protegere, to cover
guarding another person from danger or injury and providing a safe environment.

protective

1. providing protection.
2. substances used to provide protection to tissues.

protective clothing
varies with the risk prevailing, e.g. radiation (see x-ray protection), waterproof gear for highly infectious diseases, coveralls for normal large animal practice, metal studded gloves for catching aggressive companion animals.
protective isolation
a type of isolation designed to prevent contact between potentially pathogenic microorganisms and uninfected animals which have seriously impaired resistance. Called also reverse isolation. It is recommended for patients suffering from agranulocytosis, severe and extensive dermatitis, certain types of lymphomas and leukemias, and those who are receiving immunosuppressive therapy.
protective substances
finely ground, absorbent, insoluble, inert substances that absorb toxins, cover sensitive and damaged tissues with a fine film. Includes starch, kaolin, talc, zinc oxide, zinc stearate. See also intestinal protectant.

protectant, protective

1. affording defense or immunity.
2. an agent affording defense against harmful influence.

intestinal protectant
a preparation that given orally provides a protective coating for the intestinal mucosa, and absorbs bacteria and toxins. Kaolin, pectin and activated charcoal are commonly used for this purpose.
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As I write these words I have in front of me an image that was given to my little Mathieu, now one year old, by his godmother: it represents an angel with beautiful wings and a star above his head, arms stretched out protectively over two children walking on a wooden bridge, which has a broken rail on one side, no rail at all on the other, and a missing plank behind the children.
Bank clerk Sue, from Weymouth, Dorset, said: "When I fell pregnant he acted so protectively and when Bethany was born Reebok would watch over her night and day, purring all the time.
My instinct is to hover protectively, but like God, I must sometimes say, "Hands off.
Lorenzo's Adoration of the Shepherds evinces a visual melancholy at odds with the joy of scriptural accounts, for his Infant lies isolated, neither warmly cuddled nor protectively embraced by his mother.
However, coffee beans are protectively isolated inside a cherry-like fruit, and the 400-degree coffee roasting process effectively breaks down the toxic chemicals.
The TITUS Classification family of products classify, label, and protectively marks emails in Outlook and Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, as well as any file on the Windows desktop.
Protectively marked hard copy assets must be shredded.
As she removed the lid, I became mesmerised by the glass sapphire blue eyes that held me transfixed as Maureen pulled excitedly at the layers of tissue paper wrapped protectively around the beautiful china faced doll that lay in the box.
The black and white image for Songs Of Innocence was released on Thursday shows the drummer protectively hugging the topless 18-year-old.
Woman's Day also reported that Kerr and Goldsmith were flirting with each other outrageously over chilled champagne during the cruise, and Goldsmith didn't make it a secret to show his affection for Miranda, when he was spotted putting his arm around her protectively.
As its name suggests, this fabulous piece of furniture is evocative of a giant pumpkin, welcoming the user with its protectively voluptuous - and voluptuously protective - shell.
In the image, Kai, 3, can be seen looking protectively at Klay.