antiseptic


antiseptic
antiseptic adj germicidal, bactericidal, disinfectant (see under ANTISEPTIC n)
antiseptic n Antiseptic, germicide, bactericide, disinfectant
all denote an agent that interferes with the growth and activity of microorganisms. An antiseptic is an agent that prevents or arrests the growth and activity of microorganisms, especially disease germs, without necessarily killing them. The word is used especially of substances mild enough to be used on living tissue. Germicide is used of an agent that kills microorganisms and especially disease germs. It is commonly applied to strong chemicals which cannot safely be used on living tissues. A bactericide is a germicide that destroys all kinds of bacteria (but does not necessarily kill bacterial spores). A disinfectant is an agent that frees from infection and especially a chemical germicide used to kill disease germs and other harmful microorganisms in sources of infection (as drains, sickrooms, clothing, bedding, laboratories, and stables). Disinfectant may be used of substances (as chloride of lime) which destroy disagreeable odors by interfering with the activity of the bacteria causing putrefaction. The same distinctions hold for the corresponding adjectives antiseptic, germicidal, bactericidal, disinfectant.

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  • Antiseptic — An ti*sep tic, Antiseptical An ti*sep tic*al, a. Counteracting or preventing putrefaction, or a putrescent tendency in the system; antiputrefactive. [1913 Webster] {Antiseptic surgery}, that system of surgical practice which insists upon a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antiseptic — (adj.) 1750, coined from ANTI (Cf. anti ) against + SEPTIC (Cf. septic). Figurative use by 1820. As a noun meaning an antiseptic substance by 1803 …   Etymology dictionary

  • antiseptic — [adj] completely clean, uncontami nated; decontaminating antibacterial, antibiotic, aseptic, bactericidal, clean, disinfectant, germdestroying, germ free, germicidal, hygienic, medicated, prophylactic, pure, purifying, sanitary, sterile,… …   New thesaurus

  • antiseptic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) preventing the growth of micro organisms that cause disease or infection. 2) so clean or pure as to lack character. ► NOUN ▪ an antiseptic compound or preparation …   English terms dictionary

  • antiseptic — [an΄tə sep′tik] adj. 1. preventing infection, decay, etc. by inhibiting the action of microorganisms 2. using antiseptics 3. free from infection or infectious agents; sterile 4. very clean or tidy 5. untouched by life, its problems, emotions, etc …   English World dictionary

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Antiseptic — Antiseptics (from Greek αντί anti , against + σηπτικός septikos , putrefactive ) are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. They should generally be… …   Wikipedia

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