prophylactic

[p_ɹ_ˌɒ_f_ɪ_l_ˈa_k_t_ɪ_k], [pɹˌɒfɪlˈaktɪk], [pɹˌɒfɪlˈaktɪk]

Definitions of prophylactic:

  1.   A medicine that prevents disease. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   A preventive medicine. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Preventing disease. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4.   A medicine which preserves against disease. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   In med., defending from disease; preventive. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   Warding off, or preserving from, disease. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. We had, for the men, quinine parades, when five grains were swallowed as a prophylactic against malaria every day. ” – In Mesopotamia by Martin Swayne
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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