- pertaining to or affecting antisepsis.
- free from or cleaned of germs and other microorganisms.
- exceptionally clean or neat.
- free of contamination or pollution.
- an antiseptic agent.
Origin of antiseptic
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Examples from the Web for antiseptic
Getting off the elevator at the fourth floor, he thumped across the antiseptic hallway.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
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And I have to have whiskey because alcohol is both an antiseptic and an anesthetic.My Reverse-Cyrano Moment Wooing the Supreme Court
P. J. O’Rourke
March 30, 2014
Before antibiotics, most newborn eyes were treated with an antiseptic, and Barnes pushed Argyrol as the cure of choice.Philadelphia’s Reopened Barnes Foundation Puts Its Masterpieces in a Better Light
May 18, 2012
How did that survive the vetting at this often timid and antiseptic White House?Michael Tomasky: With Joe Biden’s Speech, The Democrats Finally Man Up
April 28, 2012
The latter film offered a melancholy gloss on high-end tourism against the antiseptic backdrop of a Hyatt Hotel in downtown Tokyo.Sofia Coppola Plays It Cool
December 20, 2010
Crystals of iodine as opposed to permanganate of potash for antiseptic he discussed.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Hardly an antiseptic, Doctor; wouldn't you say, rather, a cauterizing agent.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Soap, as an antiseptic, 326;its relation to hard and soft water, 134.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
Irritant, cathartic, stimulant, and antiseptic; one to one and a half pounds.Cattle and Their Diseases
Compare "antiseptic," "antinomian," "ultramontane," "semicircle.""Stops"
- of, relating to, or effecting antisepsis
- entirely free from contamination
- informal lacking spirit or excitement; clinical
- an antiseptic agent or substance
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Word Origin and History for antiseptic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or producing antisepsis.
- Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents.
- A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious agents.
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- A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious microorganisms.
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