[ an-tuh-sep-sis ]
See synonyms for antisepsis on
  1. destruction of the microorganisms that produce sepsis or septic disease.

Origin of antisepsis

First recorded in 1870–75; anti- + sepsis

Words Nearby antisepsis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use antisepsis in a sentence

  • For the fundamental principle of antisepsis is the use of medicines for ridding wounds of similar microscopic organisms.

  • With removal of the diseased portion and a strict attention to antisepsis healing soon takes place.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot | Harry Caulton Reeks
  • From that he branched into antisepsis as opposed to asepsis as a practical method in the field.

    The Leopard Woman | Stewart Edward White
  • antisepsis, like anæsthesia, was marvellously anticipated by the surgical forefathers of the medieval period.

  • Anaesthesia, antisepsis, and the natural methods of cure were all anticipated in the medieval time.

    The Popes and Science | James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for antisepsis


/ (ˌæntɪˈsɛpsɪs) /

  1. destruction of undesirable microorganisms, such as those that cause disease or putrefaction: Compare asepsis

  2. the state or condition of being free from such microorganisms

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Scientific definitions for antisepsis


[ ăn′tĭ-sĕpsĭs ]

  1. The destruction of pathogenic microorganisms in order to prevent infection.

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