antiseptic

adjective
an·​ti·​sep·​tic | \ ˌan-tə-ˈsep-tik How to pronounce antiseptic (audio) \

Definition of antiseptic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : opposing microbial infection especially : preventing or inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms (such as bacteria) in or on living tissue (such as the skin or mucous membranes) applied an antiseptic solution to the wound antiseptic mouthwash In general, the preparation of the skin with one or more antiseptic agents (e.g, alcohol, iodine tincture, an iodophor, or chlorhexidine gluconate) applied individually or sequentially in a concentric fashion to the venipuncture site should provide that proper satisfactory antisepsis … — Calvin L. Strand et al.
b : relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptic substances antiseptic treatment
2a : 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
d : having a cleansing or purifying quality or effect … the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism.New Republic
3a : 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
plural antiseptics

Definition of antiseptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antiseptic substance : a substance (such as isopropyl alcohol or chlorhexidine) that destroys or inhibits the growth or action of microorganisms (such as bacteria) especially in or on living tissue (such as the skin or mucous membranes) clean the wound with an antiseptic

Other Words from antiseptic

Adjective

antiseptically \ ˌan-​tə-​ˈsep-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce antiseptic (audio) \ 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 Sitting in storage, or displayed in some antiseptic exhibit at a far-away museum, the pieces of the lives of the ancients lose their power of place and purpose. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The heavy smoke is surprisingly antiseptic and sooty. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Betadine also has an antiseptic throat gargle made with 0.5% povidone iodine, but it's only meant to treat and relieve symptoms of a sore throat. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Wipes are displayed at a doTerra facility in Lindon, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, as the company and Gov. Spencer Cox announce a partnership to distribute antiseptic wipes to Utah schools. Jeff Parrott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 But the area’s hospital had literally collapsed, and the best a local clinic could do was some antiseptic and bandages. Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 But the hope has literally collapsed, and the best a local clinic could do was some antiseptic and bandages. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Identity rather than architecture or interior design is the true locus of exploration for Breslin and Foley, who along with collaborating cast member Jakeem Dante Powell, enter this antiseptic wonderland to mix and match personae. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 These games seem sort of antiseptic, guys throwing hard to guys swinging hard and occasionally connecting. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The typical bottle of antiseptic sold for skin cleaning is a 10% solution. Judy Stone, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 And there is a great potential for people to harm themselves if using the antiseptic without medical supervision. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 However, there is also a gorgeous finish that combines antiseptic and cream. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 As if attempting to one-up last week’s stupidity with regards to ivermectin, anti-vaxxers on Facebook and Telegram are advocating for a new and unproven Covid-19 treatment: Betadine, an antiseptic used to treat cuts and scrapes. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2021 Even more juiced after a season where the majority of games were played in an antiseptic, almost clinical environment with minimal to no fans because of the pandemic. David Moore, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 Then, thoroughly clean the area with soap and water or an antiseptic like rubbing alcohol. Lauren Krouse, Health.com, 18 May 2021 The antiseptic has become more mineral, and the fruit has softened into raspberries and plums. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 13 May 2021 In 2017 an attacker threw a green antiseptic in Navalny’s face, damaging his vision. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of antiseptic

Adjective

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1745, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antiseptic

Adjective

borrowed from New Latin antisepticus, from anti- anti- + Latin sēpticus "putrefactive, septic"

Note: New Latin antisepticus is first found in the writing of the Dutch physician Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738), e.g., Libellus de materie medica et remediorum formulis (Leiden, 1719), and may have been coined by him.

Noun

borrowed from New Latin antiseptica, antisepticum, noun derivatives of antisepticus antiseptic entry 1

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“Antiseptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiseptic. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce antiseptic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce antiseptic (audio) \

Medical Definition of antiseptic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : opposing microbial infection especially : preventing or inhibiting the growth and action of microorganisms in or on living tissue (as the skin or mucous membranes) an antiseptic oral rinse topical antiseptic solutions for wounds In general, the preparation of the skin with one or more antiseptic agents (eg, alcohol, iodine tincture, an iodophor, or chlorhexidine gluconate) applied individually or sequentially in a concentric fashion to the venipuncture site should provide that proper satisfactory antisepsis … — Calvin L. Strand et al.
2 : relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptic substances antiseptic treatment
3 : free of living microorganisms : scrupulously clean : aseptic antiseptic surgical instruments

Other Words from antiseptic

antiseptically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce antiseptic (audio) \ adverb

antiseptic

noun

Medical Definition of antiseptic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antiseptic substance : a substance (as hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, or chlorhexidine) that destroys or inhibits the growth or action of microorganisms (as bacteria) especially in or on living tissue (as the skin or mucous membranes)

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