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prophylactic

pro fi lak tik

  • n  remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
  • n  contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
  • s  capable of preventing conception or impregnation
  • s  warding off
    the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze
  • s  preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
    vaccines are prophylactic
    a prophylactic drug

  • Public-health experts acknowledge that there is no one magic bullet, no single approach to defeat AIDS, and that even the potential success of prophylactic antiretroviral drugs is .
  • The same if she's decided to have a prophylactic mastectomy because her mother and grandmother died of breast cancer.
  • There is no shortage of hard lifestyle choices people can make to reduce the chance of heart attacks, but one of the easiest has long been a daily prophylactic dose of garden .
News & Articles

  • After Costly Cancer-Gene Testing, Treatments Add Up
    Angelina Jolie's surgeries to prevent breast cancer are widely known. But how do most women handle the bills for prophylactic mastectomy, hospitalization, reconstructive surgery? Second of two stories on costs of BRCA testing and treatment.
    June 5, 2013 - Women's eNews
Quotes

  • Ellen Vitetta in PipelineReview.com (press release)
    There have been many attempts to develop a prophylactic ricin vaccine, using different preparations of the ricin holotoxin with and without various adjuvants,stated Dr. Ellen Vitetta, Director of the Cancer Immunobiology Center at UT...
  • Michael Danby in Sydney Morning Herald
    Danby, who inspected the Christmas Island centre last week, described it as a "giant Liberal steel prophylactic, a rusting stalag in the Christmas Island jungle and a monument to the folly of the previous government".
  • Tony Abbott in Sydney Morning Herald
    Given the danger these institutions pose to spreading debilitating viruses throughout the financial world, my preference is for a more prophylactic approach: an international accord to break up these institutions into ones of more manageable... Richard B Fisher http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_B._Fisher&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNGsncADbgpcnbVyxvW29XbZYaBNyA BusinessWeek http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-03-03/fed-s-fisher-calls-for-accord-to-break-up-big-financial-firms.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNGPWSFf_oD2c_dpbi7QpRhOFahnhg Mar 3, 2010 78206 105181 prophylaxis We will treat sick people with antivirals for as long as we have antivirals and for as long as we believe antivirals are effective treatment," Mr Abbott told reporters. "We will be using antivirals for prophylaxis for people who have been...

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