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ˌæn təˈsɛp tɪkan·ti·sep·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antisepticadjective

    a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues

  2. antisepticadjective

    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"

  3. antisepticadjective

    clean and honest

    "antiseptic financial practices"

  4. antisepticadjective

    freeing from error or corruption

    "the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism"

  5. antisepticadjective

    devoid of objectionable language

    "lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School"


  1. antisepticnoun

    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).

  2. antisepticadjective

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

  3. antisepticadjective

    Capable of preventing microbial infection.

  4. antisepticadjective

    Very clean; aseptic.

  5. antisepticadjective

    Free of unpleasantness; sanitized or bowdlerized.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antisepticadjective

    alt. of Antiseptical

  2. Antisepticnoun

    a substance which prevents or retards putrefaction, or destroys, or protects from, putrefactive organisms; as, salt, carbolic acid, alcohol, cinchona


  1. Antiseptic

    Antiseptics are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. Antiseptics are generally distinguished from antibiotics by the latter's ability to be transported through the lymphatic system to destroy bacteria within the body, and from disinfectants, which destroy microorganisms found on non-living objects. Some antiseptics are true germicides, capable of destroying microbes, while others are bacteriostatic and only prevent or inhibit their growth. Antibacterials are antiseptics that have the proven ability to act against bacteria. Microbicides which destroy virus particles are called viricides or antivirals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antiseptic

    an-ti-sept′ik, adj. and n. counteracting putrefaction and analogous fermentive changes: preventing moral decay.—adv. Antisept′ically. [Gr. anti, against, and sēpein, to rot.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antiseptic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antiseptic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of antiseptic in a Sentence

  1. Janet Woodcock:

    We finalized the FDA's previous determination that 28 active ingredients, including triclosan and benzethonium chloride, are not eligible for evaluation under the FDA's OTC Drug Review for use in consumer antiseptic rubs.

  2. Lorna Roberts:

    When there was the Great Plague in London, doctors would have lavender stashed into the front of their face masks to help keep the stench of the plague away, it has been heralded for centuries for its antiseptic antibacterial uses.

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