septic

[ sep-tik ]
/ ˈsɛp tɪk /

adjective Pathology.

pertaining to or of the nature of sepsis; infected.

Nearby words

  1. septennial,
  2. septennium,
  3. septentrion,
  4. septet,
  5. septi-,
  6. septic abortion,
  7. septic fever,
  8. septic infarct,
  9. septic phlebitis,
  10. septic shock

Origin of septic

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

Related formssep·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 septicity

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 Formsseptically, 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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Word Origin and History for septicity

septic

adj.

c.1600, from Latin septicus "of or pertaining to putrefaction," from Greek septikos "characterized by putrefaction," from sepein "make rotten or putrid, cause to rot" (see sepsis). Septic tank is attested from 1902.

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Medicine definitions for septicity

septic

[ sĕptĭk ]

adj.

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

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