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antiseptic

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

Definition of antiseptic

  1. 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. 2 :  relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics

  3. 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. 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>

antisepticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of antiseptic in a sentence

  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


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antiseptic

noun an·ti·sep·tic

Simple Definition of antiseptic

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of antiseptic

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

Examples of antiseptic in a sentence

  1. Clean the affected area with an antiseptic.

  2. He applied antiseptic to the wound.



1751

First Known Use of antiseptic

1751


ANTISEPTIC Defined for Kids

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antiseptic

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

Definition of antiseptic for Students

  1. :  killing or preventing the growth or action of germs that cause decay or sickness <Iodine is antiseptic.>




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antiseptic

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noun an·ti·sep·tic

Definition of antiseptic for Students

  1. :  a substance that helps stop the growth or action of germs




Medical Dictionary

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antiseptic

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adjective an·ti·sep·tic \ˌant-ə-ˈsep-tik\

Medical Definition of antiseptic

  1. 1a:  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. 2:  relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics

  3. 3:  free of living microorganisms :  scrupulously clean :  aseptic

antiseptically \-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



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antiseptic

noun an·ti·sep·tic

Medical Definition of antiseptic

  1. :  a substance (as hydrogen peroxide) that checks the growth or action of microorganisms especially in or on living tissue; also :  germicide





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