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  1. destruction of the microorganisms that produce sepsis or septic disease.
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Origin of antisepsis

First recorded in 1870–75; anti- + sepsis
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Related Words for antisepsis

sterilization, washing, sanitation, purification, prophylaxis, dusting, ablution, purge, catharsis, purgation, sweeping, scrubbing, scouring, disinfection, antisepsis

Examples from the Web for antisepsis

Historical Examples of antisepsis

  • Yet, after all, here was the germ of the idea of antisepsis.

    A History of Science, Volume 2(of 5)

    Henry Smith Williams

  • But don't they have any knowledge of antisepsis or isolation?

    Star Surgeon

    Alan Nourse

  • 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

  • Much stress has been laid upon the subject of asepsis and antisepsis.

British Dictionary definitions for antisepsis


  1. destruction of undesirable microorganisms, such as those that cause disease or putrefactionCompare asepsis
  2. the state or condition of being free from such microorganisms
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antisepsis in Medicine


  1. Destruction of pathogenic organisms to prevent infection.
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antisepsis in Science


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