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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prophylactic device mean? 

  The noun PROPHYLACTIC DEVICE has 1 sense:

1. an agent or device intended to prevent conception

  Familiarity information: PROPHYLACTIC DEVICE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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An agent or device intended to prevent conception

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


birth control device; contraceptive; contraceptive device; prophylactic device; preventative; preventive

Hypernyms ("prophylactic device" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prophylactic device"):

cervical cap (a contraceptive device consisting of a small thimble-shaped cup that is placed over the uterine cervix to prevent the entrance of spermatozoa)

coil (a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb)

condom; prophylactic; rubber; safe; safety (contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse)

contraceptive diaphragm; diaphragm; pessary (a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix)

intrauterine device; IUD (contraceptive device consisting of a piece of bent plastic or metal that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus)

morning-after pill (a large dose of estrogen taken orally within 24 to 72 hours after intercourse; prevents implantation of a fertilized ovum and so acts as a contraceptive; commonly used after rape or incest)

anovulant; anovulatory drug; birth control pill; contraceptive pill; oral contraceptive; oral contraceptive pill; pill (a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception)

spermatocide; spermicide (a contraceptive agent that kills spermatozoa)

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