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aseptic

[uh-sep-tik, ey-sep-]
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adjective
  1. free from the living germs of disease, fermentation, or putrefaction.
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noun
  1. a product, as milk or fruit juice, that is marketed in an aseptic package or container.
  2. aseptics, (used with a singular verb) a system of packaging sterilized products in airtight containers so that freshness is preserved for several months.
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Origin of aseptic

First recorded in 1855–60; a-6 + septic
Related formsa·sep·ti·cal·ly, adverba·sep·ti·cism [uh-sep-tuh-siz-uh m, ey-sep-] /əˈsɛp təˌsɪz əm, eɪˈsɛp-/, nounnon·a·sep·tic, adjectivenon·a·sep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for aseptic

Historical Examples

  • They understood the principles of aseptic surgery very well.

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • Almost needless to say these are exactly the principles of aseptic surgery.

  • Such an operation is an aseptic one, or performed aseptically.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • After this, in an aseptic wound the dressing need not be changed for days.

  • The ends should be sutured, however, as soon as the wound is aseptic or has healed.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles


British Dictionary definitions for aseptic

aseptic

adjective
  1. free from living pathogenic organisms; sterile
  2. aiming to achieve a germ-free condition
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Word Origin and History for aseptic

adj.

1859, from a- (2) "not" + septic. As a noun from 1884.

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aseptic in Medicine

aseptic

(ə-sĕptĭk, ā-)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by asepsis.
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aseptic in Science

aseptic

[ə-sĕptĭk, ā-sĕptĭk]
  1. Free of microorganisms that cause disease.
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