Origin of septic
1595–1605; < Latin sēpticus < Greek sēptikós, equivalent to sēpt(ós) rotted + -ikos -ic
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- of, relating to, or caused by sepsis
- of, relating to, or caused by putrefaction
- Australian and NZ informal short for septic tank
C17: from Latin sēpticus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēptos decayed, from sēpein to make rotten
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Word Origin and History for septicity
c.1600, from Latin septicus "of or pertaining to putrefaction," from Greek septikos "characterized by putrefaction," from sepein "make rotten or putrid, cause to rot" (see sepsis). Septic tank is attested from 1902.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, having the nature of, or affected by sepsis.
- Causing or producing sepsis; putrefactive.
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