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Definitions of prophylactic:
  • noun:   remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
  • noun:   contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse
  • adjective:   capable of preventing conception or impregnation
  • adjective:   tending to ward off
    Example: "The swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples- Victor Schultze"
  • adjective:   preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
    Example: "Vaccines are prophylactic"

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