septic

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adjective sep·tic \ˈsep-tik\

Definition of septic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or causing putrefaction

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

  3. 3 :  used for sewage treatment and disposal a septic system; also :  of or relating to a septic system septic effluents

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Origin and Etymology of septic

Latin septicus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēpein to putrefy


SEPTIC Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of septic for English Language Learners

  • medical : infected with bacteria


Medical Dictionary

septic

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adjective sep·tic \ˈsep-tik\

Medical Definition of septic

  1. 1:  putrefactive

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





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