an·​ti·​sep·​sis | \ ˌan-tə-ˈsep-səs \

Definition of antisepsis

: the inhibiting of the growth and multiplication of microorganisms by antiseptic means

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In a new biography of Lister, Lindsey Fitzharris argues that the invention of antisepsis marks the true beginning of modern surgery. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Gruesome, Bloody World of Victorian Surgery," 22 Oct. 2017 Lister went on the road, traveling Europe to push his gospel of antisepsis. John J. Ross, WSJ, "Review: ‘The Butchering Art’ Resurrects Joseph Lister," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of antisepsis

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antisepsis

anti- + sepsis, after antiseptic entry 1

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an·​ti·​sep·​sis | \ ˌant-ə-ˈsep-səs \
plural antisepses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of antisepsis

: the inhibiting of the growth and multiplication of microorganisms by antiseptic means

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to deny responsibility for

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