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pro•phy•lax•is



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

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