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
Recent Examples of septic from the Web
The trucks are common in Kabul, a city of nearly four million people with no sewage system that mostly depends on septic tanks, and where open sewers are common.
Currently, South Amherst has no sewage and residents use septic systems.
The purpose of the program, which will continue through November, is to prevent contamination of the MDC's drinking water supplies as a result of, among other things, septic system failure, erosion, runoff, and other potential pollutants.
Sand is used for filtration in water-treatment facilities, septic systems, and swimming pools.
Factors like mineral rights (including oil and gas leases), septic systems and county/rural regulations can quickly add complexity to rural real estate sales or purchases.
MRSA causes hard-to-treat skin infections that can turn septic, potentially invading organs and the bloodstream.
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Origin and Etymology of septic
Latin septicus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēpein to putrefy
First Known Use: 1605
SEPTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of septic for English Language Learners
medical : infected with bacteria
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