Prophylactic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌprəʊfəˈlæktɪk|  American pronunciation of the word prophylactic
Brit.  |ˌprɒfɪˈlæktɪk|  British pronunciation of the word prophylactic


- remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease (syn: preventative, preventive)
- contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse (syn: condom, rubber, safe, safety)


- capable of preventing conception or impregnation (syn: contraceptive)
- warding off (syn: cautionary)
the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples
- preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease (syn: preventative, preventive)
vaccines are prophylactic
a prophylactic drug

Extra examples

...the many prophylactic measures that city officials could have taken to reduce the scope of the disaster...

Word forms

singular: prophylactic
plural: prophylactics
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