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
A third home lost about 45 feet of driveway and a septic tank.
Liu, who has advanced liver cancer, is suffering from respiratory and renal failure as well as septic shock, the First Hospital of China Medical University said on its website.
The baby was found in a septic tank, where prosecutors say Beatriz had thrown him.
The appeal involves the $25.3 million award given in 2014 to Ascaris Mayo, a 57-year-old mother of four who had her limbs amputated in 2011 after a Strep A infection — the kind that causes strep throat — went undetected, leading to septic shock.
In recent years, the islands have spent millions of dollars, including some federal money, to convert to central sewer systems, ending the damaging practice of allowing human waste to seep into the ocean from septic tanks.
Health inspectors often are responsible for checking out a wide range of potential hazards — from septic tanks to swimming pools — and can’t be expert in everything.
The diagnosis was septic shock with an intra-abdominal-wall infection and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a life-threatening blood clotting condition.
Sewer overflows as well as any malfunctions in septic systems can also lead to contamination.
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Origin and Etymology of septic
Latin septicus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēpein to putrefy
First Known Use: 1605See Words from the same year
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Definition of septic for English Language Learners
medical : infected with bacteria
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