antiseptic

[ an-tuh-sep-tik ]
/ ˌæn təˈsɛp tɪk /
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adjective

pertaining to or affecting antisepsis.
free from or cleaned of germs and other microorganisms.
exceptionally clean or neat.
free of contamination or pollution.

noun

an antiseptic agent.

Nearby words

  1. antisecretory,
  2. antiselection,
  3. antisense,
  4. antisense rna,
  5. antisepsis,
  6. antiseptic dressing,
  7. antiseptically,
  8. antisepticize,
  9. antiseptics,
  10. antiserum

Origin of antiseptic

First recorded in 1745–55; anti- + septic

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British Dictionary definitions for antiseptics

antiseptic

/ (ˌæntɪˈsɛptɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or effecting antisepsis
entirely free from contamination
informal lacking spirit or excitement; clinical

noun

an antiseptic agent or substance
Derived Formsantiseptically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for antiseptics

antiseptic

adj.

1750, coined from anti- "against" + septic. Figurative use by 1820. As a noun meaning "an antiseptic substance" by 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for antiseptics

antiseptic

[ ăn′tĭ-sĕptĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or producing antisepsis.
Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents.

n.

A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious agents.

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Science definitions for antiseptics

antiseptic

[ ăn′tĭ-sĕptĭk ]

A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious microorganisms.
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Culture definitions for antiseptics

antiseptics

Substances that prevent or inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.

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