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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
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prophylactic

adjective Referring to a preventive manoeuvre.

noun An older term for condom.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

prophylactic

And any act, procedure, drug or equipment used to guard against or prevent an unwanted outcome, such as a disease.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Prophylactic

Guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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As a result of being granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation, Janssen's prophylactic RSV senior vaccine candidate is now eligible for all associated FDA features.2 The investigational prophylactic vaccine is currently in a Phase 2b proof of concept study to investigate the safety and efficacy of the vaccine against RSV in adults aged 65 years and older.
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Prophylactic mastectomy for the prevention of breast cancer: Review of the literature.
These include IV crystalloid and colloid fluid pre-load and co-load, lateral uterine displacement, gravity (Trendelenburg or leg raising), compression devices on the legs and prophylactic vasopressors2.
Of the antibiotics prescribed for prophylactic use, 26.6 percent were to prevent potential infections associated with an upcoming surgery, and the vast majority of these antibiotics were given for more than one day.
Considering the higher incidence of prophylactic mastectomies and the present controversy on sentinel lymph node biopsy in this type of surgery, our study adds to the literature by specifically addressing this subject in a high risk for occult carcinoma women, BRCA1/2 mutation carriers, and to whom preoperative breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was routine.
Prophylactic platelets in dengue: survey responses highlight lack of an evidence base.
[5] As controversy still surrounds the routine use of prophylactic antibiotics in elective LC, this study is being conducted with the aim of investigating the necessity and testing the efficacy of Cefazolin (triple dose) as a prophylactic antibiotic to prevent postoperative infective complications in low-risk patients undergoing LC.
These results are consistent with the findings of several published clinical trials comparing acupuncture with prophylactic antimigraine drugs, including one in which acupuncture proved more effective than valproic acid (Minerva Anestesiol.
However, with 600,000 hysterectomies and 700,000 tubal sterilizations being performed annually in the United States, prophylactic salpingectomy has been advocated as an attractive opportunity to potentially reduce ovarian cancer risk.
Group C included all PRFs that indicated establishment of IV access, but documented that no fluid or IV medication had been administered (classifying these as prophylactic IV access).
84.5% of the patients were using prophylactic antibiotic including mainly co-trimoxazole.