Prophylactic

Prophylactic [ proh-fuh’-LAK-tik, prof-uh’- ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) protective or preventive esp. against a disease
2. (n.) a vaccine, drug or preventive treatment
3. (n.) a contraceptive mechanism or device
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The prophylactic medication was ineffective as the virus spread to epidemic proportions.
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