- an antiseptic method introduced by Joseph Lister, involving the spraying of the parts under operation with a carbolic acid solution.
Origin of Listerism
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This is begging the question, for simple cleanliness, "chemical cleanliness," is all that Listerism purports to accomplish.
It certainly has done that, and in no less degree than was afterward accomplished by Listerism.
- surgery the use of or theory of using antiseptic techniques
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