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antiseptic

[an-tuh-sep-tik]
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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.
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noun
  1. an antiseptic agent.
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Origin of antiseptic

First recorded in 1745–55; anti- + septic
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British Dictionary definitions for antiseptics

antiseptic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or effecting antisepsis
  2. entirely free from contamination
  3. informal lacking spirit or excitement; clinical
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noun
  1. an antiseptic agent or substance
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Derived Formsantiseptically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antiseptics

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

antiseptics in Medicine

antiseptic

(ăn′tĭ-sĕptĭk)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or producing antisepsis.
  2. Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents.
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n.
  1. A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious agents.
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antiseptics in Science

antiseptic

[ăn′tĭ-sĕptĭk]
  1. A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious microorganisms.
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antiseptics in Culture

antiseptics

Substances that prevent or inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.

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