Origin of prophylacticClassical Greek prophylaktikos from prophylassein, to be on guard from pro-, before (see pro-) + phylassein, to guard from phylax, guard
- a prophylactic medicine, device, treatment, etc.
- a condom
- A prophylactic agent, device, or measure, such as a vaccine or drug.
- A contraceptive device, especially a condom.
Origin of prophylacticFrench prophylactique from Greek prophulaktikos from prophulassein to take precautions against pro- before ; see pro- 2. phulassein to protect ( from phulax guard )
(comparative more prophylactic, superlative most prophylactic)
From Latin, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏŒ (pro, “before") + Ï†Ï…Î»Î¬Î¾Î¹Ï‚ (phylaxis, “a watching, guarding")