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Antiseptic

Pronunciation: [ an-tuh-sep-tik ]


Definition: adjective; noun

1: pertaining to or affecting antisepsis; free from or cleaned of germs and other microorganisms

2: an antiseptic agent

Origin: 1745; Greek


Etymology: from Greek ἀντί anti, "against" and σηπτικός sēptikos, "putrefactive"


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • hygienic

  • sterile

  • antibacterial

  • antibiotic

  • clean

  • disinfectant

  • germicide

  • bactericide

Example: The doctor reminded Sasha to cover the burn with an antiseptic dressing.

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