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septic

[sep-tik] /ˈsɛp tɪk/
adjective, Pathology
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of sepsis; infected.
Origin of septic
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin sēpticus < Greek sēptikós, equivalent to sēpt(ós) rotted + -ikos -ic
Related forms
septically, adverb
septicity
[sep-tis-i-tee] /sɛpˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonseptic, adjective
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septic

/ˈsɛptɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or caused by sepsis
2.
of, relating to, or caused by putrefaction
noun
3.
(Austral & NZ, informal) short for septic tank
Derived Forms
septically, adverb
septicity (sɛpˈtɪsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sēpticus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēptos decayed, from sēpein to make rotten
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Word Origin and History for 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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septic in Medicine

septic sep·tic (sěp'tĭk)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, having the nature of, or affected by sepsis.

  2. Causing or producing sepsis; putrefactive.

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septic in Science
sepsis
  (sěp'sĭs)   
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.

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