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antiseptic

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

Definition of antiseptic

  1. 1a :  opposing sepsis, putrefaction, or decay; especially :  preventing or arresting the growth of microorganisms (as on living tissue) an antiseptic solutionb :  acting or protecting like an antiseptic an antiseptic mouthwash

  2. 2 :  relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics antiseptic treatment

  3. 3a :  scrupulously clean :  aseptic antiseptic surgical instrumentsb :  extremely neat or orderly; especially :  neat to the point of being bare or uninteresting a spare, antiseptic waiting roomc :  free from what is held to be contaminating an antiseptic version of rustic life

  4. 4a :  coldly impersonal an antiseptic greetingb :  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 an·ti·sep·tic

Definition of antiseptic

  1. :  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

see 1antiseptic


ANTISEPTIC Defined for English Language Learners

antiseptic

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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

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

Definition of antiseptic for Students

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


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antiseptic

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noun an·ti·sep·tic

Definition of antiseptic for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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antiseptic

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

Medical Definition of antiseptic

  1. 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. 2:  relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics

  3. 3:  free of living microorganisms :  scrupulously clean :  aseptic

antiseptically

\-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

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antiseptic

noun an·ti·sep·tic

Medical Definition of antiseptic

  1. :  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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