sep·​tic | \ ˈsep-tik How to pronounce septic (audio) \

Definition of septic

1 : of, relating to, or causing putrefaction
2 : relating to, involving, caused by, or affected with sepsis septic patients
3 : used for sewage treatment and disposal a septic system also : of or relating to a septic system septic effluents

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There is a septic system installed on the property and, despite the small size of the house, the property is 1.1 acre. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cheapest homes to sell so far in 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 Mountain Christian Church is currently hauling its wastewater away rather than using its septic system. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Baltimore County urges ‘no discharge’ as church seeks Little Gunpowder Falls wastewater plant," 6 Aug. 2019 Sears doesn't just cover kitchen appliances, but also washers, dryers, pools and septic systems. Christopher Elliott,, "Problem Solved: A broken freezer and a Sears warranty problem," 2 Aug. 2019 Sources of pollution at beaches include urban runoff, sewage overflow and failing septic systems, and concentrated livestock manure, according to the report. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Beaches across America showed unsafe levels of pollution last year, a study finds," 23 July 2019 In the East, septic systems can sometimes leak into creeks or water can become contaminated by bird droppings, said Mara Dias, water quality manager for the Surfrider Foundation. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "There's 'poop in the water' at America's dirtiest beaches. Is yours on the list?," 23 July 2019 Every failing septic system or any illicit discharge in this watershed affects the water quality in Mobile Bay. Leada Gore |,, "Fairhope responds to report it has dirtiest beach in Alabama," 23 July 2019 Those organizations might dig pit latrines, install septic systems, or maintain clean and safe toilets, whatever’s needed in their area. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "Who Gives a Crap," 17 July 2019 Bacteria concentrations in recreational waters can increase during and immediately after rainstorms due to overflowing sewage collection, stormwater runoff, malfunctioning septic systems, and agricultural runoff., "Health advisory issued for swimming near Fairhope public beach," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of septic

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for septic

Latin septicus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēpein to putrefy

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English Language Learners Definition of septic

chiefly British, medical : infected with bacteria


sep·​tic | \ ˈsep-tik How to pronounce septic (audio) \

Medical Definition of septic

2 : relating to, involving, caused by, or affected with sepsis septic complications septic arthritis septic patients

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