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Synonyms for prophylactic
ˌproʊ fəˈlæk tɪk, ˌprɒf ə-pro·phy·lac·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preventive, preventative, prophylacticnoun

    remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

    "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

    condom, contraceptive device, interference, preventive, safe, hitch, safety, birth control device, rubber, prophylactic device, preventative, contraceptive, incumbrance, encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance

    unhealthful, unprotective

  2. condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylacticadjective

    contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

    condom, caoutchouc, base hit, preventive, safe, guard, arctic, safety, safety device, rubber, refuge, pencil eraser, golosh, preventative, rubber eraser, gumshoe, synthetic rubber, galosh, gum elastic, natural rubber

    unprotective, unhealthful

  3. contraceptive, prophylactic, antifertilityadjective

    capable of preventing conception or impregnation

    "contraceptive devices and medications"

    preventive, cautionary, antifertility, contraceptive, preventative

    unprotective, unhealthful

  4. cautionary, prophylacticadjective

    warding off

    "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze

    cautionary, contraceptive, warning(a), exemplary, antifertility, admonitory, preventive, preventative, monitory

    unhealthful, unprotective

  5. preventive, preventative, prophylacticadjective

    preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

    "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"

    preventive, cautionary, antifertility, contraceptive, preventative

    unprotective, unhealthful

Editors Contribution

  1. disease prevention


    before i traveled to africa, i took a malaria prophylactic.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 26, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. prophylacticadjective

    (Med.) preventive, preservative

  2. prophylacticnoun

    (Med.) preventive, preservative

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "prophylactic":

    prophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis, preventive

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  1. Amberlea Childs:

    I wanted to do a mastectomy on that right side, and then from there, you have to then contemplate, 'Well, should I do a prophylactic mastectomy on the other side that does not have cancer?' many women have this thought, but I feel for a younger woman -- and I identify as a young survivor -- you have longer to live, therefore you have a greater chance of recurrence just by the mere fact that you're going to be alive longer.

  2. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancelin:

    The uniquely challenging year of 2020 for all of society proved to be an extraordinary proof-of-concept period for Moderna, even as we have shown that our mRNA-based vaccine can prevent COVID-19, this has encouraged us to pursue more-ambitious development programs within our prophylactic vaccines modality.

  3. David Matas:

    The Convention states in Article I that each state party to this Convention undertakes never in any circumstances to retain microbial or other biological agents, or toxins whatever their origin or method of production, of types and in quantities that have no justification for prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes, in my view, non-reporting is a form of retention in violation of the Convention. The United States is also a state party to the treaty. If the U.S. found China acted in breach of its obligations deriving from the provisions of the Convention by its delay in reporting the coronavirus, the U.S. could lodge a complaint with the Security Council.

  4. Keith May:

    Other ways to address a shortage is to encourage field personnel to provide treatment only when needed as opposed to prophylactic measures, in essence: start the IV if the patient needs the IV, as opposed to starting an IV just in case something should happen.

  5. Todd Tuttle:

    I think most of these women should strongly consider contralateral prophylactic mastectomy because their risk of contralateral breast cancer is so high, However, there are some groups of patients who may not benefit from that procedure including those patients who have a high stage first cancer and those who have other considerable medical problems.

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