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septic

[ sep-tik ]
/ ˈsɛp tɪk /
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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 (1 of 2)

septic
[ sĕptĭk ]

adj.
Of, relating to, having the nature of, or affected by sepsis.
Causing or producing sepsis; putrefactive.

Medical definitions for septic (2 of 2)

septic-

pref.
Variant ofseptico-
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