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Definitions of antiseptic

  1. a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A substance which prevents or retards putrefaction, or destroys, or protects from, putrefactive organisms; as, salt, carbolic acid, alcohol, cinchona. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Any substance which destroys disease germs or prevents their growth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Antiseptic. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Any substance used to resist or counteract putrefaction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. A substance that prevents putrefaction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. (extended sense) of exceptionally clean language; "lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. clean and honest; "antiseptic financial practices" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms; "sterilized instruments" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. Alt. of Antiseptical Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Destroying the germs of disease or decay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Preventing putrefaction, etc. antiseptical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Resisting putrefaction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Opposing putrefaction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. A substance which destroys harmful micro-organisms, one of the functions of gastric juice. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for antiseptic

  1. When pus is present it must, of course, be given exit, and an antiseptic solution applied to the wound. – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks
  2. The antiseptic air that I drew into my lungs was beginning to seem inadequate, I felt slippery all over, and there was a cottony taste in my mouth. – Attrition by Jim Wannamaker
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