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Definitions for contraindicate
ˌkɒn trəˈɪn dɪˌkeɪtcon·traindi·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contraindicateverb

    make a treatment inadvisable


  1. Contraindicateverb

    To indicate, as by a symptom, some method of treatment contrary to that which the general tenor of the case would seem to require; especially, to indicate that a particular method of treatment should not be used; as, penicilin is contraindicated in patients who have shown hypersensitivity.


  1. contraindicateverb

    To make inadvisable; to warn against a specific medicine or treatment.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To point out some peculiar or incidental symptom or method of cure, contrary to what the general tenour of the malady requires.

    Etymology: contra and indico, Lat.

    Vomits have their use in this malady; but the age and sex of the patient, or other urgent or contraindicating symptoms, must be observed. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.


  1. contraindicate

    In medicine, a contraindication is a condition that serves as a reason not to take a certain medical treatment due to the harm that it would cause the patient. Contraindication is the opposite of indication, which is a reason to use a certain treatment. Absolute contraindications are contraindications for which there are no reasonable circumstances for undertaking a course of action. For example, children and teenagers with viral infections should not be given aspirin because of the risk of Reye syndrome, and a person with an anaphylactic food allergy should never eat the food to which they are allergic. Similarly, a person with hemochromatosis should not be administered iron preparations. Relative contraindications are contraindications for circumstances in which the patient is at higher risk of complications from treatment, but these risks may be outweighed by other considerations or mitigated by other measures. For example, a pregnant woman should normally avoid getting X-rays, but the risk may be outweighed by the benefit of diagnosing (and then treating) a serious condition such as tuberculosis. Relative contraindications may also be referred to as cautions, such as in the British National Formulary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contraindicateverb

    to indicate, as by a symptom, some method of treatment contrary to that which the general tenor of the case would seem to require

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contraindicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contraindicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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