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English definition of “prophylactic”


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