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prophylactic

adjective uk   /ˌprɒf.ɪˈlæk.tɪk/ us    /ˌprɑː.fɪ-/ specialized
preventing disease: Some dentists are convinced that the addition of fluoride in water is ineffective as a prophylactic treatment.Passing on illness and causing disease

prophylactic

noun [C] uk   /ˌprɒf.ɪˈlæk.tɪk/ us    /ˌprɑː.fɪ-/
specialized medical something that is intended to prevent diseasePassing on illness and causing disease mainly US a condomContraception
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