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[uh-sep-sis, ey-sep-]
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  1. absence of the microorganisms that produce sepsis or septic disease.
  2. Medicine/Medical. methods, as sterile surgical techniques, used to assure asepsis.
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Origin of asepsis

First recorded in 1890–95; a-6 + sepsis
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Related Words for asepsis

freshness, purity, sanitation, cleanliness, hygiene, neatness, tidiness, sterility, asepsis, disinfection, hygienics

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Historical Examples of asepsis

  • Thus the older men, who had been trained before the day of asepsis and modern methods, were revered but carefully watched.

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  • It is without doubt an ideal food for any climate where concentration is desirable and asepsis cannot be neglected.

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

  • Asepsis, it is true, has reduced the average residence in hospital from about 35 to less than 20 days.

  • The head cases on the other hand bore movement fairly well, provided only that asepsis was ensured.

British Dictionary definitions for asepsis


  1. the state of being free from living pathogenic organisms
  2. 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-)
  1. The state of being free of living pathogenic microorganisms.
  2. The process of removing pathogenic microorganisms or protecting against infection by such organisms.
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asepsis in Science


[ə-sĕpsĭs, ā-sĕpsĭs]
  1. The state of being free of pathogenic microorganisms.
  2. The process of removing microorganisms that cause infection.
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