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

Examples of septic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the plans changed, according to city staff, when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency notified the developer that an old septic system, where a stormwater pond was supposed go, was contaminated from the previous industrial use. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Inver Grove Heights neighborhood fights plan for mini storage near homes, says too many trees taken down," 12 Nov. 2019 Do not divert storm drains or basement pumps into septic systems. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "What you can do to help reduce harmful algal blooms," 10 Nov. 2019 Forestville is an unincorporated area with steep, winding hills, two-lane roads, and residents who haul their own wood and repair their own septic systems. Caille Millner,, "California has always lived on edge of doom," 8 Nov. 2019 More than 50,000 septic systems in Lake, Orange and Seminole counties are blamed for the nitrogen and phosphorous threatening the springs and the Wekiva River. Stephen Hudak,, "Wekiva septic conversion stinks for homeowners but it may save the springs," 1 Nov. 2019 Our septic system was less than a foot away from the edge of the bluff., "Read more about climate change on the Cape:," 4 Oct. 2019 Miami-Dade Countyalone is home to more than 105,000 septic systems. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Climate change is going to make septic systems a problem for millions," 27 Sep. 2019 But homeless people would be an extremely minor source compared to overflows from municipal sewage plants and failing septic systems, said Betsy Southerland, a former director of EPA’s Office of Science and Technology. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump administration accuses California of water pollution," 26 Sep. 2019 Although, some models are specifically designed for use with septic systems. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "6 Best Garbage Disposals For Pulverizing Food," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of septic was in 1605

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20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Septic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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