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[ kee-moh-proh-fuh-lak-sis, -prof-uh-, kem-oh- ]
/ ˌki moʊˌproʊ fəˈlæk sɪs, -ˌprɒf ə-, ˌkɛm oʊ- /


prevention of disease by means of chemical agents or drugs or by food nutrients.

Nearby words

chemonite, chemonucleolysis, chemoorganotroph, chemopallidectomy, chemoprevention, chemoprophylaxis, chemoprotection, chemoreception, chemoreceptor, chemoreflex, chemosensitive

Origin of chemoprophylaxis

First recorded in 1935–40; chemo- + prophylaxis
Also called che·mo·pre·ven·tion [kee-moh-pri-ven-shuh n] /ˌki moʊ prɪˈvɛn ʃən/.
Related formsche·mo·pro·phy·lac·tic [kee-moh-proh-fuh-lak-tik, kem-oh-] /ˌki moʊˌproʊ fəˈlæk tɪk, ˌkɛm oʊ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chemoprophylaxis


/ (ˌkɛməʊˌprəʊfəˈlæksɪs, -ˌprɒfə-) /


the prevention of disease using chemical drugs
Derived Formschemoprophylactic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for chemoprophylaxis


[ kē′mō-prō′fə-lăksĭs ]


Disease prevention by use of chemicals or drugs.
Related formsche′mo•pro′phy•lactic (-lăktĭk) n. adj.
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