- the branch of medical science that deals with prevention of disease.
- a medication or other agent used for prophylaxis.
Origin of preventive medicine
First recorded in 1760–70
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- The branch of medical science concerned with the prevention of disease and the promotion of physical and mental health through the study of the etiology and epidemiology of disease processes.
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A branch of medicine that promotes activities to prevent the occurrence of disease.
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