Dictionary Results for prophylactic


1. prophylactic - noun

· remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

Synonym(s): preventive, preventative

Hypernym(s): remedy, curative, cure, therapeutic




2. prophylactic - noun

· contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

Synonym(s): condom, rubber, safety, safe

Hypernym(s): contraceptive, preventive, preventative, contraceptive_device, prophylactic_device, birth_control_device




3. prophylactic - adjective

· capable of preventing conception or impregnation; "contraceptive devices and medications"

Synonym(s): contraceptive, antifertility




4. prophylactic - adjective

· warding off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze

Synonym(s): cautionary




5. prophylactic - adjective

· preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"

Synonym(s): preventive, preventative





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