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Definitions of prophylactic:

  1.   contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse
  2.   Alt. of Prophylactical
  3.   A medicine that prevents disease.
  4.   In med., defending from disease; preventive.
  5.   Preventing disease, relating to prophylaxis.
  6.   A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive.
  7.   tending to ward off; " the swastika... a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze
  8.   capable of preventing conception or impregnation; " contraceptive devices and medications"
  9.   Warding off, or preserving from, disease.
  10.   Preventing disease.
  11.   A medicine which preserves against disease.
  12.   preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; " preventive medicine"; " vaccines are prophylactic"; " a prophylactic drug"
  13.   Agent used to guard against disease; a preventive.
  14.   remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; " the doctor recommended several preventatives"
  15.   A preventive medicine.

Antonyms for prophylactic:

forwarding, Promoting, easing, encouraging, Abetting, Aiding, Nurturing, fostering, unprotective, Assisting, Smoothing, Furthering, unhealthful, Facilitating.

Quotes for prophylactic:

  1. The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth. – Walter Lippmann

Usage examples for prophylactic:

  1. This remedy was first introduced as a specific and prophylactic by Hahnemann, and soon recommended not only by his own disciples, but by some of the best names of the " regular" school. ” – Hydriatic treatment of Scarlet Fever in its Different Forms by Charles Munde
  2. The sermons in the present volume are a much- needed prophylactic a safeguard against several practical errors in dealing with souls; errors which lead them into Egyptian darkness, instead of the marvelous light. ” – Godliness by Catherine Booth
  3. All the prophylactic expedients whereby a reciprocal egoism must safeguard its sensuous rights would certainly be there; and they represent in spirit and in practice whatever we have learned to consider execrable. ” – Modern Substitutes for Christianity by Pearson McAdam Muir
  4. We had, for the men, quinine parades, when five grains were swallowed as a prophylactic against malaria every day. ” – In Mesopotamia by Martin Swayne
  5. The great sweep of Paula's emotions; her strangeness, her meditative mind and heart- hunger for freedom; her love for open spaces, still groves and the prophylactic trends of running water- all expressed, without a doubt, the mysterious expiration of her mother's finer life. ” – She Buildeth Her House by Will Comfort
  6. In mild cases- that is, those in which the curvature is obliterated when the patient is suspended- the prophylactic measures above mentioned must be rigidly enforced, and gymnastic exercises should be prescribed. ” – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  7. That prophylactic information concerning the influence of the insects on diseases remains an isolated group of ideas, which has no other influence on the mind than the intended one, the influence of guiding the actions in a reasonable direction. ” – Psychology and Social Sanity by Hugo Münsterberg
  8. “ A remedy then which more than any other has a tendency to equalize the circulation, and thus counteract a condition which as cause or effect, or both, is an almost universal concomitant of disease, and which in addition to this is so admirable and physiological a stimulant and tonic, can hardly be surpassed as a prophylactic by any other uncombined remedy. ” – The Electric Bath by George M. Schweig
  9. His professional friends, to whom he mentioned his views as to the prophylactic virtues of cow- pox, laughed at him, and even threatened to expel him from their society, if he persisted in harassing them with the subject. ” – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  10. Or, perhaps, this is the manner in which Universal Brotherhood shows itself in people who wilfully subject themselves to infection as a prophylactic – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  11. We've had an epidemic here; and Captain Randall takes gin for a prophylactic don't you, Papa? ” – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  12. She was the President of the National Prophylactic Club, whatever that may be. ” – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  13. The numerous and often expensive failures in the application of any prophylactic treatment, have proved an acute stimulus to the research for other ways of combating the ravages of plant diseases. ” – Disease in Plants by H. Marshall Ward
  14. But in the old days of idolatry, the hygienic and prophylactic practices alluded to by Herodotus, the greater cleanliness of the people, and the attention paid to the canals and drainage, probably prevented this malarious disease becoming the scourge which it is now. ” – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
  15. “ To take quinine as a prophylactic he considered folly. ” – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  16. Possibly some of them which emphasize the fact that after eating certain very undesirable foods, dreams are much more likely to come than at other times may not be without their prophylactic sanitary value, but this is a doubtful advantage compared to the psychic harm that they bring. ” – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  17. Whatever ground there may have been for the belief in the prophylactic effect of smoking, there can be no doubt that in the seventeenth century it was firmly held. ” – The Social History of Smoking by G. L. Apperson
  18. She gave him a humorously exaggerated account of the prophylactic measures her mother had submitted her to the night before, and she concluded: I'm awfully sorry mother's not at home- mother and my sister Portia. ” – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  19. As a prophylactic among workers in lead, a drink containing sulphuric acid flavoured with treacle should be given. ” – Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by W. G. Aitchison Robertson

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