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[kon-truh-in-di-keyt] /ˌkɒn trəˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), contraindicated, contraindicating. Medicine/Medical
(of a symptom or condition) to give indication against the advisability of (a particular or usual remedy or treatment).
Origin of contraindicate
1660-70; probably back formation from contraindication. See contra1, indication
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[kon-truh-in-di-kuh nt] /ˌkɒn trəˈɪn dɪ kənt/ (Show IPA),
contraindication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contraindicated
  • Excessive use is contraindicated for patients with overactive thyroid diseases.
  • Check with your doctor first to make sure none of the activities you're doing are contraindicated for your body.
  • At the link are a number of poses which relieve sciatica, but some are contraindicated with certain back injuries.
  • Also, be sure to read the labeling for the vaccines so you can find out which ones are contraindicated.
  • Screening would be appropriate where there is, perhaps, a family history of a contraindicated condition.
British Dictionary definitions for contraindicated


(transitive; usually passive) (med) to advise against or indicate the possible danger of (a drug, treatment, etc)
Derived Forms
contraindicant, noun
contraindication, noun
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Word Origin and History for contraindicated



1660s, from contra- + indicate. Related: Contraindicated; contraindication (1620s).

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contraindicated in Medicine

contraindicate con·tra·in·di·cate (kŏn'trə-ĭn'dĭ-kāt')
v. con·tra·in·di·cat·ed, con·tra·in·di·cat·ing, con·tra·in·di·cates
To indicate the inadvisability of something, such as a medical treatment.

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