chemoprophylaxis
noun Date: 1936 the prevention of infectious disease by the use of chemical agents • chemoprophylactic adjective

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  • chemoprophylaxis — [kē′mōprō΄fə lak′sis, kem΄ōprō΄fə laks′is] n. pl. chemoprophylaxes [kē′mo prō′fə laks′ēz΄] the prevention of disease by the use of chemical drugs chemoprophylactic [kē΄mō prō΄fəlak′tik, kem΄ō prō΄fəlak′tik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • chemoprophylaxis — chemoprophylactic /kee moh proh feuh lak tik, kem oh /, adj. /kee moh proh feuh lak sis, prof euh , kem oh /, n. prevention of disease by means of chemical agents or drugs or by food nutrients. Also called chemoprevention /kee moh pri ven sheuhn/ …   Universalium

  • chemoprophylaxis — noun chemoprevention; the prevention of disease using food supplements or drugs …   Wiktionary

  • chemoprophylaxis — Prevention of disease by the use of chemicals or drugs. * * * che·mo·pro·phy·lax·is .prō fə lak səsalso .präf ə n, pl lax·es .sēz the prevention of infectious disease by the use of chemical agents che·mo·pro·phy·lac·tic lak tik adj * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • chemoprophylaxis — n. prevention of disease using chemical substances …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chemoprophylaxis — chemo·prophylaxis …   English syllables

  • chemoprophylaxis — che•mo•pro•phy•lax•is [[t]ˌki moʊˌproʊ fəˈlæk sɪs, ˌprɒf ə , ˌkɛm oʊ [/t]] n. med prevention of disease by means of chemical agents or drugs or by food nutrients. Also called che•mo•pre•ven•tion [[t]ˌki moʊ prɪˈvɛn ʃən[/t]] • Etymology: 1935–40… …   From formal English to slang

  • chemoprophylaxis — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷+ noun (plural chemoprophylaxes) Etymology: chem + prophylaxis : the prevention of infectious disease by the use of chemical agents …   Useful english dictionary

  • primary chemoprophylaxis — prophylactic use of a chemotherapeutic agent before infection has occurred in an individual …   Medical dictionary

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