Definition of Antiseptic

1. Noun. A substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues.

2. Adjective. Thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms. "It is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"

3. Adjective. Clean and honest. "Antiseptic financial practices"
Similar to: Incorrupt

4. Adjective. Freeing from error or corruption. "The antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism"
Similar to: Purifying

5. Adjective. Devoid of objectionable language. "Lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School"
Similar to: Clean, Unobjectionable

Definition of Antiseptic

1. a. Counteracting or preventing putrefaction, or a putrescent tendency in the system; antiputrefactive.

2. n. A substance which prevents or retards putrefaction, or destroys, or protects from, putrefactive organisms; as, salt, carbolic acid, alcohol, cinchona.

Definition of Antiseptic

1. Adjective. Of, or relating to antisepsis, or the use of antiseptics. ¹

2. Adjective. Capable of preventing microbial infection. ¹

3. Adjective. Very clean; aseptic. ¹

4. Adjective. Free of unpleasantness; sanitized or bowdlerized. ¹

5. Noun. Any substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms. Generally includes only those that are used on living objects (as opposed to ''disinfectants'') and aren't transported by the lymphatic system to destroy bacteria in the body (as opposed to ''antibiotics''). ¹

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Definition of Antiseptic

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Medical Definition of Antiseptic

1. A substance that inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms without necessarily killing them. Compare: disinfectant and germicide. (13 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Antiseptic

antisense DNA
antisense RNA
antisense strand
antisense therapy
antiseptic (current term)
antiseptic dressing

Literary usage of Antiseptic

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1. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"The OH radical is the most active, the antiseptic and toxic actions ... In the form of the natural mixtures, the antiseptic properties of this group have ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"45) states that as the resultof his experiments he recommends quinine as a styptic and antiseptic. Everybody knows quinine as a specific protoplasm poison. ..."

3. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1921)
"These were then studied in regard to their antiseptic value in urine, their toxicity, their renal excretion, and their ability to cause the secretion of ..."

4. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1890)
"With antiseptic agents applicable in the first class of diseases we are fairly ... Almost all antiseptic drugs can be safely applied to the surface of the ..."

5. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1890)
"A NEW antiseptic DRESSING. For some years past Sir Joseph Lister has been actively engaged in searching for an antiseptic agent, which, while being as ..."

6. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1876)
"He has thus already had experience of the value of antiseptic treatment, and therefore trusts it implicitly for the management of what he at present suffers ..."

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