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antiseptic

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)
  • an antiseptic solution
b : acting or protecting like an antiseptic
  • an antiseptic mouthwash
2 : relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics
  • antiseptic treatment
3 a : scrupulously clean : aseptic
  • antiseptic surgical instruments
b : extremely neat or orderly; especially : neat to the point of being bare or uninteresting
  • a spare, antiseptic waiting room
c : free from what is held to be contaminating
  • an antiseptic version of rustic life
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

antiseptically

play \-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

Recent Examples of antiseptic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of antiseptic

anti- + Greek sēptikos putrefying, septic


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antiseptic

noun

Definition of antiseptic

: a substance that inhibits the growth or action of microorganisms especially in or on living tissue
  • clean the wound with an antiseptic
; also : germicide

Examples of antiseptic in a Sentence

  1. Clean the affected area with an antiseptic.

  2. He applied antiseptic to the wound.

Recent Examples of antiseptic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of antiseptic


ANTISEPTIC Defined for English Language Learners

antiseptic

noun

Definition of antiseptic for English Language Learners

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


ANTISEPTIC Defined for Kids

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antiseptic

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

Definition of antiseptic for Students

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

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antiseptic

noun

Definition of antiseptic for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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antiseptic

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

medical 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 : free of living microorganisms : scrupulously clean : aseptic

antiseptically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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antiseptic

noun

medical Definition of antiseptic

: 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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