Definition of antiseptic in English:


Syllabification: an·ti·sep·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌan(t)əˈseptik


1Of, relating to, or denoting substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
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  • It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the risk of your implant becoming infected.
  • He or she may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash that helps prevent plaque forming.
  • These treatments have antifungal and antiseptic properties.
1.1(Of medical techniques) based on the use of antiseptic substances.
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  • The common explanation is that women died in childbirth until doctors began using antiseptic techniques to deliver babies.
  • Surgical antiseptic techniques are now the go.
  • Its inventor, Jordan Lambert, named it Listerine in honor of Dr. Joseph Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery.
2Scrupulously clean or pure, especially so as to be bland or characterless: the antiseptic modernity of a conference center
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  • It's good to see computer - generated images of how the original and intact building looked, before going to see the clean and rather antiseptic ruin.
  • Lighting was selected to brighten without glaring, and displays were designed to be neat and clean, but not antiseptic.
  • It was a bit too clean and antiseptic to be really considered an evil lair.
characterless, colorless, soulless;
clinical, institutional;
dispassionate, detached


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An antiseptic compound or preparation.
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  • Catheters impregnated with antiseptics and coated with antibiotics are now available.
  • The lesion had not responded to self prescribed topical antibiotics and antiseptics.
  • Semmelweis documented the importance of antiseptics in clinical medicine; the importance of biocides in the domicile environment remains to be determined.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • Her blotter is crisp, doodle-free, as antiseptically intimidating as the crinkly butcher rolls doctors use on examination tables.
  • There is a push and pull on many of the tracks that they produce: the listener wants to embrace the diva and the words she sings, but is pulled away by the too-perfect sounds rinsed antiseptically clean.
  • The antiseptically white walls of the new galleries contrast with murkier spaces where the original concrete structure and chunky octagonal columns have been retained.

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