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1antiseptic

adjective an·ti·sep·tic \ˌan-tə-ˈsep-tik\

Definition of ANTISEPTIC

1
a :  opposing sepsis, putrefaction, or decay; especially :  preventing or arresting the growth of microorganisms (as on living tissue)
b :  acting or protecting like an antiseptic
2
:  relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics
3
a :  scrupulously clean :  aseptic
b :  extremely neat or orderly; especially :  neat to the point of being bare or uninteresting
c :  free from what is held to be contaminating
4
a :  coldly impersonal <an antiseptic greeting>
b :  of, relating to, or being warfare conducted with cold precision from a safe distance with few or no casualties on one's side <antiseptic bombings>
an·ti·sep·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ANTISEPTIC

  1. <known for keeping a strenuously antiseptic kitchen, the floor of which does indeed seem fit for eating off of>
  2. <for such an expensive, elegant Sunday brunch, one would expect the attendants at the buffet tables to be professionally attired in starched, antiseptic white jackets>

Origin of ANTISEPTIC

anti- + Greek sēptikos putrefying, septic
First Known Use: 1751

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

2antiseptic

noun

: a substance that prevents infection in a wound by killing bacteria

Full Definition of ANTISEPTIC

:  a substance that inhibits the growth or action of microorganisms especially in or on living tissue; also :  germicide

Examples of ANTISEPTIC

  1. Clean the affected area with an antiseptic.
  2. He applied antiseptic to the wound.

First Known Use of ANTISEPTIC

1751

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

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