Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
A substance which prevents or retards putrefaction, or destroys, or protects from, putrefactive organisms; as, salt, carbolic acid, alcohol, cinchona.
Alt. of Antiseptical
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\an`ti*sep"tic\ (&?;), antiseptical \an`ti*sep"tic*al\ (&?;), ] a. counteracting or preventing putrefaction, or a putrescent tendency in the system; antiputrefactive.
surgery, that system of surgical practice which insists upon a systematic use of antiseptics in the performance of operations and the dressing of wounds.
\an`ti*sep"tic\, n. a substance which prevents or retards putrefaction, or destroys, or protects from, putrefactive organisms; as, salt, carbolic acid, alcohol, cinchona.
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Anything that destroys or restrains the growth of putrefactive micro-organisms.
1. a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues
(hypernym) medicine, medication, medicament, medicinal drug
(hyponym) chloramine, chloramine-T
1. thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms; "doctors in antiseptic green coats"; "the antiseptic effect of alcohol"; "it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"
(similar) aseptic, sterile
2. clean and honest; "antiseptic financial practices"
3. freeing from error or corruption; "the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism"
4. made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms; "sterilized instruments"
(synonym) sterilized, sterilised
5. (extended sense) of exceptionally clean language; "lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School"
(similar) clean, unobjectionable
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
which prevents germs spreading; she gargled with an antiseptic mouthwash
substance which prevents germs growing or spreading; the nurse painted the wound with antiseptic
referring to asepsis; it is important that aseptic techniques should be used in microbiological experiments
aseptic meningitis = relatively mild viral form of meningitis
aseptic surgery = surgery using sterilized equipment, rather than relying on killing germs with antiseptic drugs