prophylaxis

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin, from Ancient Greek πρό (pró, before) + φυλάξις (phuláksis, a watching, guarding).

Noun[edit]

prophylaxis (plural prophylaxes)

  1. (medicine) Prevention of, or protective treatment for disease.
  2. (chess) A move or strategy that frustrates an opponent's plan or tactic.

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  • prophylaxis” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).