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contraindicate (kon-truh-IN-di-kayt) verb tr.

To indicate against (an otherwise suitable medical treatment) due to a condition or circumstance. For example, the use of aspirin is contraindicated in babies due to the danger of Reye's syndrome.

[From Middle English contra- (against) + indicate (to point out).]

"Unless proof of vaccination with rubella vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity is available, rubella vaccine is recommended for all adults, unless contraindicated." Rebecca Lorenzo-Castillo; Men Over Forty; The Manila Times (Philippines); Dec 13, 2003.

"Other companies are flooding the airwaves with ads that coyly avoid describing what a drug does, allowing them to skip airing the summary of risks and contraindications." Yumiko Ono; Debate Focuses on How Fine Print Should be in Drug Ads; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Apr 3, 1997.

This week's theme: Words related to medicine.


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