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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
antiseptic properties
▪ This plant has mild antiseptic properties.
▪ Avoid using antiseptics, perfumed soaps or talc in the vaginal area, and don't use vaginal deodorants.
▪ In a dilute solution in water, it is familiar as a household antiseptic.
▪ They contain a natural antiseptic which fights spot-causing bacteria and dries up the blemishes.
▪ This week the school is collecting medical supplies, including plasters, vitamins and antiseptics.
▪ Unlike chemical antiseptics, essential oils are harmless to tissue, yet they are powerful aggressors towards germs.
▪ the antiseptic language of science
▪ I entered a hall crammed with low stretcher beds, placed row upon row on an antiseptic, scrubbed floor.
▪ The rash application of strong antiseptic solutions to prevent or ward off infection is another rare cause of urethritis.
▪ The room has the immaculate, antiseptic air of a hospital laboratory.
▪ These are the upstanding citizens, the clean and the antiseptic.
▪ This antiseptic treatment can be used for all but flowers.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Antiseptic \An`ti*sep"tic\, Antiseptical \An`ti*sep"tic*al\, a. Counteracting or preventing putrefaction, or a putrescent tendency in the system; antiputrefactive.

Antiseptic surgery, that system of surgical practice which insists upon a systematic use of antiseptics in the performance of operations and the dressing of wounds.


Antiseptic \An`ti*sep"tic\, n. a substance which kills or retards the growth of microorganisms, especially when used for protection against infection; a substance which prevents or retards putrefaction, or destroys, or protects from, putrefactive organisms; as, carbolic acid, alcohol, cinchona, and many other agents sold commercially.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1750, coined from anti- "against" + septic. Figurative use by 1820. As a noun meaning "an antiseptic substance" by 1803.


a. 1 Of, or relating to antisepsis, or the use of antiseptics. 2 Capable of preventing microbial infection. 3 Very clean; aseptic. 4 Free of unpleasantness; sanitized or bowdlerized. n. 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'').


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

  1. adj. 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" [ant: septic]

  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" [syn: sterilized, sterilised]

  5. (extended sense) of exceptionally clean language; "lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School"


Antiseptic(s) (from Greek ἀντί anti, "against" and σηπτικός sēptikos, "putrefactive") 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.

Disinfectants do not kill bacterial spores e.g., on surgical instruments; a sterilization process is required for that. Even sterilization may not destroy prions.

Some antibiotics– are true germicides, capable of destroying microbes ( bacteriocidal), 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.

Usage examples of "antiseptic".

In cases where there is prolapsus or falling of the womb, or Anteversion or Retroversion, or other displacements the use of the Antiseptic and Healing Suppositories will be found to be of great benefit in giving strength to the supports of the womb and its appendages.

This antiseptic and antidotal function of the theocentric is performed in a variety of ways.

Antiseptic and Healing Suppositories, applying one every third night After having first cleansed the vagina and neck of the womb thoroughly by the use of warm water and soap as an injection, will prove of great benefit in giving strength to the supports of the womb and its appendages.

The notion of antisepsis had stayed with them through the lost centuries, and they used alcohol as an antiseptic and boiled the bandages and instruments.

He wished he had some kind of antiseptic ointment to apply, but his command of the Indigene language did not extend as far as any word for antisepsis, and when he asked if their herbal remedies included anything for reducing the inflammation of an open wound, they did not seem to understand what he was saying.

The roots are astringent and antiseptic, having been given in infusion for ague, and as an excellent cordial sudorific in chills, or for fresh catarrh.

But they took her aboard, drenching her with stinging antiseptics, scorching her skin with bactericidal ultraviolet rays.

Ahf Noot and four of his assistants entered the first section of the operating theatre and remained there several hours where they were subjected to waves of bactericides and air saturated with antiseptic emanations until their very breath became sterilized.

But it is more scientific to suppose that the growth of Juniper trees should be encouraged near dwellings, because of the balsamic and antiseptic odours which they constantly exhale.

During the Great Plague of London, Ivy berries were given with some success as possessing antiseptic virtues, and to induce perspiration, thus effecting a remission of the symptoms.

I blotted my scrapes carefully and had replaced the antiseptic and the bandages by the time that Bucky got back with my robe.

This salt, as well as the Hyposulphite of Soda, is not only generally preferable for administration on account of its unirritating character and the smallness of the dose required, but also because it is a valuable antiseptic agent.

But what he remembered as a delightful amusement park had been replaced by a huge Screamer isolation institute that reared into the night sky and gleamed in the antiseptic brilliance of its own illumination.

While someone helped Simone change and settled her in a chair, Gaby waited in the hallway outside her room, leaning against the scrubbable vinyl wallcovering and breathing in the antiseptic smell.

He stitched the wound, applied pain killers and antiseptic before he bound it.