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ANTISEPTIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does antiseptic mean? 

ANTISEPTIC (noun)
  The noun ANTISEPTIC has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: ANTISEPTIC used as a noun is very rare.


ANTISEPTIC (adjective)
  The adjective ANTISEPTIC has 5 senses:

1. thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms
2. clean and honest
3. freeing from error or corruption
4. made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms
5. (extended sense) of exceptionally clean language

  Familiarity information: ANTISEPTIC used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTISEPTIC (noun)


Sense 1antiseptic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("antiseptic" is a kind of...):

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antiseptic"):

chloramine; chloramine-T (any of several compounds containing chlorine and nitrogen; used as an antiseptic in wounds)

chlorhexidine (a long-lasting liquid antiseptic; used by surgeons to wash their hands before performing surgery)

gramicidin (an antibiotic produced by a soil bacterium; used chiefly as an antiseptic in treating local infections produced by Gram-positive bacteria)

iodoform; triiodomethane (a yellowish crystalline solid with a penetrating odor; sometimes used as an antiseptic dressing)

merbromine; Mercurochrome (a mercurial compound applied topically as an antiseptic; Mercurochrome is the trademark)

Argyrol; mild silver protein (antiseptic consisting of a compound of protein and silver (trade name Argyrol))

fradicin; Neobiotic; neomycin (an antibiotic obtained from an actinomycete and used (as a sulphate under the trade name Neobiotic) as an intestinal antiseptic in surgery)

Merthiolate; sodium ethylmercurithiosalicylate; thimerosal (a light-colored crystalline powder (trade name Merthiolate) used as a surgical antiseptic)

iodine; tincture of iodine (a tincture consisting of a solution of iodine in ethyl alcohol; applied topically to wounds as an antiseptic)


ANTISEPTIC (adjective)


Sense 1antiseptic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms

Context examples:

doctors in antiseptic green coats / the antiseptic effect of alcohol / it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities

Similar:

clean; uninfected (free from sepsis or infection)

nonpurulent (not containing pus)

cleansing; purifying (acting like an antiseptic)

bactericidal; disinfectant; germicidal (preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms)

aseptic; sterile (free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms)

Also:

healthful (conducive to good health of body or mind)

clean (free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits)

germfree (free from germs or pathogenic organisms; sterile)

Antonym:

septic (containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms)


Sense 2antiseptic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clean and honest

Context example:

antiseptic financial practices

Similar:

incorrupt (free of corruption or immorality)


Sense 3antiseptic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Freeing from error or corruption

Context example:

the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism

Similar:

purifying (freeing from noxious matter)


Sense 4antiseptic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms

Synonyms:

sterilised; sterilized; antiseptic

Context example:

sterilized instruments

Similar:

germfree (free from germs or pathogenic organisms; sterile)


Sense 5antiseptic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(extended sense) of exceptionally clean language

Context example:

lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School

Similar:

clean; unobjectionable ((of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers)


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