prophylaxis

[ proh-fuh-lak-sis, prof-uh- ]
/ ˌproʊ fəˈlæk sɪs, ˌprɒf ə- /

noun

Medicine/Medical.
  1. the preventing of disease.
  2. the prevention of a specific disease, as by studying the biological behavior, transmission, etc., of its causative agent and applying a series of measures against it.
prophylactic treatment, as the cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist.

Nearby words

  1. prophetess,
  2. prophetic,
  3. prophets,
  4. prophylactic,
  5. prophylactic treatment,
  6. propine,
  7. propinquity,
  8. propiomazine,
  9. propionaldehyde,
  10. propionate

Origin of prophylaxis

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek pro- pro-2 + phýlaxis a watching, guarding, equivalent to phylak- (base of phylássein to guard) + -sis -sis

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British Dictionary definitions for prophylaxis

prophylaxis

/ (ˌprɒfɪˈlæksɪs) /

noun

the prevention of disease or control of its possible spread
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Word Origin and History for prophylaxis

prophylaxis

n.

"preventive treatment of disease," 1746, Modern Latin, from Greek pro (see pro-) + phylaxis "a watching, guarding" (see prophylactic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for prophylaxis

prophylaxis

[ prō′fə-lăksĭs, prŏf′ə- ]

n. pl. pro•phy•lax•es (-lăksēz′)

Prevention of or protective treatment for disease.

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