septic

[ sep-tik ]
/ ˈsɛp tɪk /

adjective Pathology.

pertaining to or of the nature of sepsis; infected.

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Origin of septic

1595–1605; < Latin sēpticus < Greek sēptikós, equivalent to sēpt(ós) rotted + -ikos -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM septic

sep·ti·cal·ly, adverbsep·tic·i·ty [sep-tis-i-tee] /sɛpˈtɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·sep·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for septic

septic
/ (ˈsɛptɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or caused by sepsis
of, relating to, or caused by putrefaction

noun

Australian and NZ informal short for septic tank

Derived forms of septic

septically, adverbsepticity (sɛpˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for septic

C17: from Latin sēpticus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēptos decayed, from sēpein to make rotten
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Medical definitions for septic

septic
[ sĕptĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, having the nature of, or affected by sepsis.
Causing or producing sepsis; putrefactive.
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Scientific definitions for septic

sepsis
[ sĕpsĭs ]

A severe infection caused by pathogenic organisms, especially bacteria, in the blood or tissues. If untreated, a localized infection, as in the respiratory or urinary tracts, can lead to infection in the bloodstream and widespread inflammation, characterized initially by fever, chills, and other symptoms and later by septic shock.

Other words from sepsis

septic adjective
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