PROPHYLACTIC

prophylactic

1. [Noun]: remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

2. [Noun]: contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse

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

4. tending to ward off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze

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

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