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aseptic

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adjective asep·tic \(ˌ)ā-ˈsep-tik, ə-\

Simple Definition of aseptic

  • medical : free from germs that cause disease

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aseptic

  1. 1 a :  preventing infection <aseptic techniques> b :  free or freed from pathogenic microorganisms <an aseptic operating room>

  2. 2 :  lacking vitality, emotion, or warmth <aseptic essays>

asepticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of aseptic in a sentence

  1. <patients with compromised immune systems must be treated in aseptic environments>



Did You Know?

Things cleaned specifically in a way that prevents infection were first described as aseptic in the late 19th century. The word combines the prefix a-, meaning "not," and septic, from Greek sēptikos, meaning "putrifying." Aseptic was preceded by more than a century by antiseptic (from anti-, meaning "opposing," and sēptikos), which entered English with the meaning "opposing sepsis, putrefaction, or decay." Both words can also be used, like sterile, to suggest a lack of emotion, warmth, or interest. Evelyn Toynton used aseptic thus in The New York Times Book Review, November 22, 1987: "It's hard not to feel that an element of romance has been lost, that the vast chilly reaches of outer space are a pretty aseptic substitute for the shadowy depths under the ground.…"

Origin of aseptic

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1859

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Medical Dictionary

aseptic

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adjective asep·tic \-ˈsep-tik\

Medical Definition of aseptic

  1. 1:  preventing or not involving infection <aseptic techniques>

  2. 2:  free or freed from pathogenic microorganisms <an aseptic wound> <an aseptic operating room>

aseptically \-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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