I. adjective Etymology: anti- + Greek sēptikos putrefying, septic Date: 1751 1. a. opposing sepsis, putrefaction, or decay; especially preventing or arresting the growth of microorganisms (as on living tissue) b. acting or protecting like an antiseptic 2. relating to or characterized by the use of antiseptics 3. a. scrupulously clean ; aseptic b. extremely neat or orderly; especially neat to the point of being bare or uninteresting c. free from what is held to be contaminating 4. a. coldly impersonal <
an antiseptic greeting
b. of, relating to, or being warfare conducted with cold precision from a safe distance with few or no casualties on one's side <
antiseptic bombings
antiseptically adverb II. noun Date: 1751 a substance that inhibits the growth or action of microorganisms especially in or on living tissue; also germicide

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  • antiseptic — ANTISÉPTIC, Ă, antiseptici, ce, adj., s.n. (Medicament) care previne sau înlătură infecţiile microbiene sau care împiedică putrefacţia. – Din fr. antiseptique. Trimis de ana zecheru, 29.02.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  antiséptic adj. → septic Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • Antiseptic — An ti*sep tic, Antiseptical An ti*sep tic*al, a. Counteracting or preventing putrefaction, or a putrescent tendency in the system; antiputrefactive. [1913 Webster] {Antiseptic surgery}, that system of surgical practice which insists upon a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antiseptic — (adj.) 1750, coined from ANTI (Cf. anti ) against + SEPTIC (Cf. septic). Figurative use by 1820. As a noun meaning an antiseptic substance by 1803 …   Etymology dictionary

  • antiseptic — [adj] completely clean, uncontami nated; decontaminating antibacterial, antibiotic, aseptic, bactericidal, clean, disinfectant, germdestroying, germ free, germicidal, hygienic, medicated, prophylactic, pure, purifying, sanitary, sterile,… …   New thesaurus

  • antiseptic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) preventing the growth of micro organisms that cause disease or infection. 2) so clean or pure as to lack character. ► NOUN ▪ an antiseptic compound or preparation …   English terms dictionary

  • antiseptic — [an΄tə sep′tik] adj. 1. preventing infection, decay, etc. by inhibiting the action of microorganisms 2. using antiseptics 3. free from infection or infectious agents; sterile 4. very clean or tidy 5. untouched by life, its problems, emotions, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Antiseptic — An ti*sep tic, n. a substance which kills or retards the growth of microorganisms, especially when used for protection against infection; a substance which prevents or retards putrefaction, or destroys, or protects from, putrefactive organisms;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Antiseptic — Antiseptics (from Greek αντί anti , against + σηπτικός septikos , putrefactive ) are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. They should generally be… …   Wikipedia

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