Listerism

[ lis-tuh-riz-uhm ]
/ ˈlɪs təˌrɪz əm /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for Listerism

Listerism
/ (ˈlɪstəˌrɪzəm) /

noun

surgery the use of or theory of using antiseptic techniques
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