Definition of Septic

1. Adjective. Containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms. "Septic sewage"

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or caused by putrefaction. "The septic action occurs at the bottom of the septic tank"
Partainyms: Decomposition
Derivative terms: Sepsis

Definition of Septic

1. a. Of the seventh degree or order.

2. a. Having power to promote putrefaction.

3. n. A substance that promotes putrefaction.

Definition of Septic

1. Noun. (British Australia New Zealand Cockney rhyming slang) An American. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to sepsis ¹

3. Adjective. Causing sepsis or putrefaction ¹

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Definition of Septic

1. an agent producing sepsis [n -S] : SEPTICAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Septic

1. Pproduced by or due to decomposition by microorganisms, putrefactive. Origin: Gr. Septikos This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Septic

septic (current term)
septic abortion
septic arthritis
septic bursitis
septic endocarditis
septic fever
septic infarct
septic intoxication
septic phlebitis
septic pneumonia
septic retinitis
septic shock
septic sore throat
septic tank

Literary usage of Septic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sewerage and Sewage Treatment by Harold Eaton Babbitt (1922)
"septic action is a biological process caused by the activity of ... The biologic process in the septic tank represents the downward portion of the cycle of ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1893)
"McCANN (Lancet, 1893), in discussing the subject of septic intoxication in puerperal women, considers that in order to obtain a thorough conception of the ..."

3. Guide to Septage Treatment and Disposal by Robert P. G. Bowker (1998)
"Inspecting septic Tanks 5.1 Purpose of Inspection Septage typically accumulates in a septic tank as shown in Figure 5-1. "Sludge," or heavy solids, grit, ..."

4. A Treatise on the science and practice of midwifery by William Smoult Playfair (1893)
"That absorption of septic material occurs through this channel is probable ... It is difficult to understand how septic matter introduced from without can ..."

5. American Sewerage Practice by Leonard. Metcalf, Harrison Prescott Eddy (1915)
"There is apparently little difference between sedimentation and septic tanks in the removal of suspended solids, in many cases. ..."

6. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen (1885)
"If the cavity becomes filled with septic discharges, the process of healing is ... DIFFUSE septic OSTEOMYELITIS. Acute septic osteomyelitis was formerly a ..."

7. Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries Into Storm Drainage Systems by Robert Pitt (1993)
"Because the septic tank remains full, it must discharge a volume of wastewater each time a volume ... A septic tank may be a low maintenance treatment unit, ..."

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