septic

adjective
sep·​tic | \ˈsep-tik \

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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After seven days, Halappanavar died of cardiac arrest as a result of the septic infection. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Ireland’s Historic Abortion Referendum," 22 May 2018 Suspicion, Hunting Trail: A loud alarm going off shortly after noon on Jan. 8 turned out to be septic in nature. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Theft of snowboards reported: Moreland Hills police blotter," 12 Jan. 2018 Municipal water service is available and each house would have a private septic system. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Housing Development Proposed In Manchester Near Glastonbury Line," 12 July 2018 In many counties, that meant replacing septic systems with sewers. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Developers Go With the Flow as New Water Rules Kick In," 10 July 2018 So now, while the walls in her home need repainting, a bathroom needs remodeling and the septic system needs repairs, Martin-Edmonds is smiling. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "A chance meeting with 'Undercover Boss' changed Indianapolis woman's life," 26 June 2018 Remodeling a kitchen or bathrooms, replacing the roof and heating system, or the replacing a private septic system – all these things increase the livability and add years to the useful life of a home. Anchorage Daily News, "The age of your house isn’t just about the year it was built. Here’s why that’s important when you’re selling.," 22 June 2018 Owners take care of their homes, including the exteriors and individual septic systems. Mary Murphy, courant.com, "Property of the Week: Essex Glen," 6 June 2018 Until evidence suggests otherwise, the center advises against using septic additives. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Pumping a Septic Tank: Does That Dead Chicken Trick Actually Work?," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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septic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of septic

medical : infected with bacteria

septic

adjective
sep·​tic | \ˈsep-tik \

Medical Definition of septic 

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

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