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[lis-tuh-riz-uh m]
  1. an antiseptic method introduced by Joseph Lister, involving the spraying of the parts under operation with a carbolic acid solution.
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Origin of Listerism

First recorded in 1875–80; Lister + -ism
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Examples from the Web for listerism

Historical Examples

  • This is begging the question, for simple cleanliness, "chemical cleanliness," is all that Listerism purports to accomplish.

    Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV

    John Lord

  • It certainly has done that, and in no less degree than was afterward accomplished by Listerism.

British Dictionary definitions for listerism


  1. surgery the use of or theory of using antiseptic techniques
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