antiseptics

antiseptic

[an-tuh-sep-tik]

Origin:
1745–55; anti- + septic

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antiseptic (ˌæntɪˈsɛptɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or effecting antisepsis
2.  entirely free from contamination
3.  informal lacking spirit or excitement; clinical
 
n
4.  an antiseptic agent or substance
 
anti'septically
 
adv

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antiseptic
1751, coined from anti- "against" + septic, from Gk. sepsis "putrefaction."
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antiseptic an·ti·sep·tic (ān'tĭ-sěp'tĭk)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or producing antisepsis.

  2. Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents.

n.
A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious agents.
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antiseptic   (ān'tĭ-sěp'tĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A substance that inhibits the proliferation of infectious microorganisms.
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antiseptics definition


Substances that prevent or inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.

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