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English adjective: prophylactic

1. prophylactic capable of preventing conception or impregnation

SamplesContraceptive devices and medications.

Synonymsantifertility, contraceptive



2. prophylactic warding off

SamplesThe swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples.




3. prophylactic preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

SamplesPreventive medicine.
Vaccines are prophylactic.
A prophylactic drug.

Synonymspreventative, preventive



English noun: prophylactic

1. prophylactic (artifact) remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

SamplesThe doctor recommended several preventatives.

Synonymspreventative, preventive

Broader (hypernym)curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic

2. prophylactic (artifact) contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

Synonymscondom, rubber, safe, safety

Broader (hypernym)birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device

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