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prophylactic

  

      adj  
1    protecting from or preventing disease  
2    protective or preventive  
      n  
3    a prophylactic drug or device  
4      (Chiefly U.S.)      another name for       condom  
     (C16: via French from Greek prophulaktikos, from prophulassein to guard by taking advance measures, from pro-2 + phulax a guard)  
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