[uh-sep-sis, ey-sep-]


absence of the microorganisms that produce sepsis or septic disease.
Medicine/Medical. methods, as sterile surgical techniques, used to assure asepsis.

Origin of asepsis

First recorded in 1890–95; a-6 + sepsis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for asepsis



the state of being free from living pathogenic organisms
the methods of achieving a germ-free condition
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Word Origin and History for asepsis

1892, from a- (2) "not" + sepsis.

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asepsis in Medicine


[ə-sĕpsĭs, ā-]


The state of being free of living pathogenic microorganisms.
The process of removing pathogenic microorganisms or protecting against infection by such organisms.
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asepsis in Science


[ə-sĕpsĭs, ā-sĕpsĭs]

The state of being free of pathogenic microorganisms.
The process of removing microorganisms that cause infection.
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