antiseptic

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

Definition of antiseptic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

3a : 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

4a : 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

antiseptic

noun

Definition of antiseptic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from antiseptic

Adjective

antiseptically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of antiseptic in a Sentence

Adjective

known for keeping a strenuously antiseptic kitchen, the floor of which does indeed seem fit for eating off of 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

Noun

Clean the affected area with an antiseptic. He applied antiseptic to the wound.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Other than treating any scrapes and bruises with antiseptic to stave off infection, there may be relatively common gastrointestinal problems that will also need to be watched. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Rescued Thai Boys Being Watched for Illnesses Caught from Cave Animals," 10 July 2018 Amber Listerine antiseptic has eucalyptus oil in it. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Changing washcloths daily helps control acne," 23 June 2018 Monetas’ office, in a five-story building, occupied rooms on a floor beneath the canton’s tax authorities and its government accountability office; the other tenants were dentists, and the corridors had a sharp antiseptic smell. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Keep your skin’s microbiome in balance with the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and detoxifying essential oils tea tree, pine, balsam fir, and silver fir. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways You Can Use Essential Oils To Treat And Prevent Acne Naturally," 8 Nov. 2017 The paintings are clever, if antiseptic: surreal, graphic, flat, intentionally made in styles that echo technical illustration. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At the ICA, Kevin Beasley alchemizes dark histories," 23 May 2018 Although signs of human activity were there, humans weren’t; Lille had become an antiseptic world barren of feeling or context, like the all-too-perfect set in The Truman Show. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Spellbinding Photos of the World's Most Boring Neighborhoods," 30 Apr. 2018 The first-aid kit is stocked with more than 100 items, including bandages [5], antiseptic towelettes and hand wipes, antibiotic ointment and aspirin. Joe Veix, WSJ, "Survive in Style With a $995 Emergency Kit," 4 May 2018 Most often horse race outcomes are described in the antiseptic language of the handicapper. Tim Layden, SI.com, "2018 Kentucky Derby: Horses and Human Runners Are Not so Different," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As the importance of antiseptics became more widely understood, white was also thought to have the advantage of showing any soiling. The Economist, "Making medical clothing that kills bugs," 28 June 2018 Before antiseptics, many patients perished at the hands of their surgeon. Atlas Obscura, RedEye Chicago, "Explore Chicago: Visit the International Museum of Surgical Science," 17 Apr. 2018 Get our daily newsletter Of the drugs in the study, 156 were antibacterials (144 antibiotics and 12 antiseptics). The Economist, "Non-antibiotic drugs promote antibiotic resistance," 19 Mar. 2018 The surgery, performed without anesthesia or antiseptics, lasted just 25 minutes and produced a 22 ½ pound tumor. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "This woman rode 60 miles on horseback to have a 22-pound tumor removed," 15 Mar. 2018 Armies were burning or cutting off access to Pacific cane fields, and the war effort needed sugar to make everything from antiseptics to explosives. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian, "The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Craving," 29 May 2017 Instead, go for gentler ingredients that are natural antiseptics and won't leave your skin red and dry. Marissa Desantis, Teen Vogue, "Pimple Popping: How to Do It Safely," 24 Aug. 2017 Whereas typical antibiotics and antiseptics indiscriminately kill all kinds of bacteria throughout the body and drive the evolution of highly dangerous microbes impervious to existing drugs, probiotics may be much more selective. Ferris Jabr, New York Times, "The Solution for Skin Ailments Could Be Right Under Your Nose," 26 June 2017 Gandhi adds that the calves are being treated with antiseptics. National Geographic, "Floods in India Drown Rare One-Horned Rhinos," 2 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of antiseptic

Adjective

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antiseptic

Adjective

anti- + Greek sēptikos putrefying, septic

Noun

see antiseptic entry 1

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antiseptic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of antiseptic

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

antiseptic

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

Kids Definition of antiseptic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

antiseptic

noun

Kids Definition of antiseptic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

antiseptic

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

Medical Definition of antiseptic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 : relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics

3 : free of living microorganisms : scrupulously clean : aseptic

Other Words from antiseptic

antiseptically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

antiseptic

noun

Medical Definition of antiseptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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