antiseptic (adj.)

also anti-septic, "inimical to micro-organisms which cause disease, putrefaction, etc.," 1750, from anti- "against" + septic "pertaining to putrefaction." Figurative use is by 1820. As a noun meaning "an antiseptic substance," by 1803.

updated on September 23, 2022

Definitions of antiseptic from WordNet
antiseptic (adj.)
thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms;
it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities
doctors in antiseptic green coats
the antiseptic effect of alcohol
antiseptic (adj.)
clean and honest;
antiseptic financial practices
antiseptic (adj.)
freeing from error or corruption;
the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism
antiseptic (adj.)
devoid of objectionable language;
lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School
antiseptic (n.)
a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues;
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