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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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The written document is entrenched against the choices of temporary majorities, and the prophylactically insulated judiciary is designed to protect constitutionally guaranteed minority interests.
IOP was successfully controlled in 42 (93.3%) patients in group A who prophylactically received 0.5% timolol maleate 1 hour before laser capsulotomy.
There was a total inhibition of staphylococcus albus by pre operative amoxicillin prophylactically as compared to seven times in the non pre medicated group.
Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson stressed that many parts of the country were still in the containment phase and were treating people prophylactically.
These results support their hypothesis that coenzyme Q10 (100 mg twice a day) supplementation given prophylactically from 20 weeks of pregnancy leads to a reduction in the rate of pre-eclampsia in women at risk for the condition.
* Probiotics used prophylactically in severe acute pancreatitis are associated with an increased mortality (Besselink et al., Lancet 2008; 371: 651-659).
In a study published earlier this year in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the siblings of 1181 children with strep throat were treated either prophylactically with one of two antibiotics (penicillin or cephalosporins) or given no prophylactic treatment.
This may be an additional benefit of using Synagis prophylactically during the first 6 months of life to the previously proven 78% reduction in RSV hospitalisation in children born prematurely, 39% reduction in children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and 45% reduction in children with congenital heart disease.
While amantadine has been primarily used prophylactically in epidemics in non-vaccinated patients who are at high risk of developing influenza-related complications, the rapid emergence of resistance has limited its efficacy.
Riboflavin (2) and intravenous methylene blue have also been used, the latter both prophylactically (4) and for emergencies (5).
Contacts of individuals who have not had direct aerosol exposure to tularemia do not need to be treated prophylactically. However if an attack is discovered before individuals become ill, persons should be prophylactically treated for 14 days.
The truth is that, if birds are vaccinated preventively (prophylactically) before infection arrives, they are very well protected.