Simple Definition of aseptic
medical : free from germs that cause disease
Full Definition of aseptic
1 a : preventing infection <aseptic techniques> b : free or freed from pathogenic microorganisms <an aseptic operating room>
2 : lacking vitality, emotion, or warmth <aseptic essays>
Examples of aseptic in a sentence
<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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