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antiseptic

[an-tuh-sep-tik] /ˌæn təˈsɛp tɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or affecting antisepsis.
2.
free from or cleaned of germs and other microorganisms.
3.
exceptionally clean or neat.
4.
free of contamination or pollution.
noun
5.
an antiseptic agent.
Origin of antiseptic
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; anti- + septic
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  • Crystals of iodine as opposed to permanganate of potash for antiseptic he discussed.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Hardly an antiseptic, Doctor; wouldn't you say, rather, a cauterizing agent.

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  • Soap, as an antiseptic, 326;its relation to hard and soft water, 134.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • Irritant, cathartic, stimulant, and antiseptic; one to one and a half pounds.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • Compare "antiseptic," "antinomian," "ultramontane," "semicircle."

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British Dictionary definitions for antiseptic

antiseptic

/ˌæntɪˈsɛptɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or effecting antisepsis
2.
entirely free from contamination
3.
(informal) lacking spirit or excitement; clinical
noun
4.
an antiseptic agent or substance
Derived Forms
antiseptically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antiseptic
adj.

1750, coined from anti- "against" + septic. Figurative use by 1820. As a noun meaning "an antiseptic substance" by 1803.

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antiseptic in Medicine

antiseptic an·ti·sep·tic (ān'tĭ-sěp'tĭk)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or producing antisepsis.

  2. Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents.

n.
A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious agents.
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antiseptic in Science
antiseptic
  (ān'tĭ-sěp'tĭk)   
A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious microorganisms.
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