[ an-tuh-sep-tik ]
/ ˌæn təˈsɛp tɪk /
free from or cleaned of germs and other microorganisms.
exceptionally clean or neat.
free of contamination or pollution.
Origin of antiseptic
First recorded in 1745–55; anti-
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Examples from the Web for antiseptics
The disorder is not malignant and usually yields to cleanliness and antiseptics.
There was a powerful odour of drugs, of antiseptics, and Helen and Mrs. Markham were tearing cloth into strips.
British Dictionary definitions for antiseptics
of, relating to, or effecting antisepsis
entirely free from contamination
informal lacking spirit or excitement; clinical
Derived Formsantiseptically, adverb
an antiseptic agent or substance
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Word Origin and History for antisepticsadj.
1750, coined from anti- "against" + septic. Figurative use by 1820. As a noun meaning "an antiseptic substance" by 1803.
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Medicine definitions for antiseptics
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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Science definitions for antiseptics
A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious microorganisms.
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Culture definitions for antiseptics
Substances that prevent or inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
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