Condom vs Prophylactic what difference

what is difference between Condom and Prophylactic

English

Alternative forms

  • condum

Etymology

Unknown. Many speculations exist. Possibly derived from Italian guantone, from guanto (a glove)

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒn.dɒm/, /ˈkɒn.dəm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑn.dəm/, /ˈkʌn.dəm/

Noun

condom (plural condoms)

  1. A flexible sleeve made of latex or other impermeable material such as sheepskin, worn over an erect penis during intercourse as a contraceptive or as a way to prevent the spread of STDs.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:condom

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • condom on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References

  • Michael Quinion (2004) , “Condom”, in Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, →ISBN

Anagrams

  • McOndo, mod con

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.dɔ̃/

Noun

condom m (plural condoms)

  1. (Quebec) condom

Italian

Noun

condom m (invariable)

  1. condom
    Synonyms: preservativo, profilattico


English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹɒfəˈlæktɪk/
  • Hyphenation: pro‧phy‧lac‧tic
  • Rhymes: -æktɪk

Noun

prophylactic (plural prophylactics)

  1. A medicine which preserves or defends against disease; a preventive.
    1. (US, specifically) A prophylactic condom.
      • 1977, Human Life Center, International Review of Natural Family Planning, Human Life Center, St. John’s University, page 2:
        It is not clear whether such education is to be directed to homosexuals (for whom prophylactics are not a contraceptive) or to heterosexuals as well (for whom prophylactics are a contraceptive).
      • 1994, Mary Louise Roberts, Civilization Without Sexes: Reconstructing Gender in Postwar France, 1917–1927, University of Chicago Press, page 96:
        Given the widespread use of coitus interruptus and male prophylactics as contraceptive practices in France []
      • 2000, Peter Parnell and John Irving, The Cider House Rules: Here in St. Cloud’s, Dramatists Play Service, Inc., page 46:
        Some men put the prophylactic on just the tip of the penis: this is a mistake, because the prophylactic will come off.
  2. (figuratively) Any device or mechanism intended to prevent harmful consequences.

Translations

Adjective

prophylactic (comparative more prophylactic, superlative most prophylactic)

  1. Serving to prevent or protect against an undesired effect, especially disease or pregnancy

Translations

Derived terms

  • prophylactically

Related terms

  • prophylaxis

Interlingua

Adjective

prophylactic (not comparable)

  1. prophylactic, preventive

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