preantiseptic

[ pree-an-tuh-sep-tik ]
/ ˌpri æn təˈsɛp tɪk /

adjective Medicine/Medical.

(especially of surgery) noting that period of time before the adoption of the principles of antisepsis (about 1867).

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Medical definitions for preantiseptic

preantiseptic
[ prē′ăn-tĭ-sĕptĭk ]

adj.

Of or being the period in the history of medicine and surgery before the adoption of the principles of antisepsis.
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