prophylaxis: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (prō"fu-lak'sis, prof"u-), [key]
— n.
    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.
  1. prophylactic treatment, as the cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist.
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