English adjective: prophylactic
|1.||prophylactic capable of preventing conception or impregnation|
|Samples||Contraceptive devices and medications.|
|2.||prophylactic warding off|
|Samples||The swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples.|
|3.||prophylactic preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease|
Vaccines are prophylactic.
A prophylactic drug.
English noun: prophylactic
|1.||prophylactic (artifact) remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease|
|Samples||The doctor recommended several preventatives.|
|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|
|Synonyms||condom, rubber, safe, safety|
|Broader (hypernym)||birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device|