[ kon-truh-in-di-keyt ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), con·tra·in·di·cat·ed, con·tra·in·di·cat·ing. Medicine/Medical.

(of a symptom or condition) to give indication against the advisability of (a particular or usual remedy or treatment).

Origin of contraindicate

1660–70; probably back formation from contraindication. See contra1, indication
Related formscon·tra·in·di·cant [kon-truh-in-di-kuh nt] /ˌkɒn trəˈɪn dɪ kənt/, nouncon·tra·in·di·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contraindication


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈɪndɪˌkeɪt) /


(tr; usually passive) med to advise against or indicate the possible danger of (a drug, treatment, etc)
Derived Formscontraindicant, nouncontraindication, noun
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Word Origin and History for contraindication



1660s, from contra- + indicate. Related: Contraindicated; contraindication (1620s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for contraindication (1 of 2)


[ kŏn′trə-ĭn′dĭ-kāshən ]


A factor that renders the administration of a drug or the carrying out of a medical procedure inadvisable.

Medicine definitions for contraindication (2 of 2)


[ kŏn′trə-ĭndĭ-kāt′ ]


To indicate the inadvisability of something, such as a medical treatment.
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