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prophylactic

pro·phy·lac·tic

prophylactic

 
pronunciation:
pro f laek tihk [or] pra f laek tihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: protective or preventive, esp. against disease.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that acts as a protection or preventive, esp. against disease.
definition 2: a contraceptive device for men; condom.
similar words:
safe
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derivation: prophylactically (adv.)
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