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Prophylaxis

A measure taken to prevent a disease or condition. Prophylaxis is any medical or public health procedure whose aim is to prevent, rather than treat or cure a disease. Generally, prophylactic measures are separated into primary prophylaxis (to prevent the development of a disease) and secondary prophylaxis (a the disease has previously developed and the patient is guarded against a deterioration of this process).

See also:
Epidemiology

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