Origin of prophylactic
Examples from the Web for prophylactic
Section 5, by contrast, works as a prophylactic measure, stopping discrimination before it can occur.The Supreme Court’s Ruling and the End of the Civil-Rights Era|Adam Winkler|June 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Six months later, at a hospital 600 miles from home, my mom underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy.
The speech contained a sentence of prophylactic praise for initiative and enterprise, hard work and personal responsibility.
Yet many doctors recommend aspirin as a prophylactic for everyone at risk of heart disease.
Murray himself explains this decision as a prophylactic measure, a means to avoid hot-button issues of race and ethnicity.
His attitude is prophylactic, rather than polemic, for the “philosophy” has not as yet taken deep root.
Now, there is no need of explaining the prophylactic importance of observations such as these!Pedagogical Anthropology|Maria Montessori
He even regarded it as a prophylactic against certain diseases.The Life of Sir Richard Burton|Thomas Wright
The belief in the prophylactic power of tobacco was, however, very generally held.The Social History of Smoking|G. L. Apperson
Cold infusion of tar was used in our colonies as a prophylactic against the Small Pox.
British Dictionary definitions for prophylactic
Word Origin for prophylactic
Word Origin and History for prophylactic
1570s, originally of medicines, "that tends to prevent disease," from Middle French prophylactique (16c.) and directly as a Latinized borrowing of Greek prophylaktikos "precautionary," from prophylassein "keep guard before, ward off, be on one's guard," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + phylassein, Ionic variant of phylattein "to watch over, to guard," but also "cherish, keep, remain in, preserve" (see phylactery).
The noun is first recorded 1640s, "a medicine or treatment to prevent disease;" meaning "condom" is from 1943, replacing earlier preventive (1822), preventative (1901). Condoms originally were used more to thwart contagious disease than to prevent pregnancy.