antiseptic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj antiseptic devoid of objectionable language "lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School"
    • adj antiseptic clean and honest "antiseptic financial practices"
    • adj antiseptic 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"
    • adj antiseptic freeing from error or corruption "the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism"
    • n antiseptic a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you spray an antiseptic spray on a polar bear, its fur will turn purple
    • n Antiseptic 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.
    • a Antiseptic Counteracting or preventing putrefaction, or a putrescent tendency in the system; antiputrefactive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • antiseptic Pertaining to antisepsis; inimical to the growth and activity of the micro-organisms of disease, putrefaction, or fermentation.
    • n antiseptic Anything which destroys the microorganisms of disease, putrefaction, or fermentation, or which restricts their growth and multiplication. Substances used for this purpose are corrosive sublimate, chlorinated lime, carbolic acid, sulphurous acid, etc. See disinfectant and germicide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj., n Antiseptic an-ti-sept′ik counteracting putrefaction and analogous fermentive changes: preventing moral decay
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anti, against, and sēpein, to rot.

Usage

In literature:

I'd give ten pounds for an antiseptic, I realty would!
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
Ventilation and sunlight are both excellent antiseptics.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
Qualities: alterative, diuretic, antiseptic.
"The Leper in England: with some account of English lazar-houses" by Robert Charles Hope
The air, hushed and heavy, was pervaded by the various odors of antiseptics and etheloid.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
The treatment should be local and confined to the application of antiseptic washes in the form of irrigations.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The soothing effect of the antiseptic spray was wearing off and the pain was returning.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
I had to look on while the Commandant stuffed it with antiseptic gauze.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
She had a bottle of antiseptic and clean surgical gauze.
"The Campfire Girls on the Field of Honor" by Margaret Vandercook
This releases chloric acid, which, being an extremely powerful antiseptic, kills the bacteria to which the ulcers are due.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
I am to-day, thanks to a pure heaven and a beneficent, loud-talking, antiseptic mistral, on the high places as to health and spirits.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Master alike in speech and song
Of fame's great antiseptic--Style,
You with the classic few belong
Who tempered wisdom with a smile.
"To Holmes: On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday" by James Russell Lowell
(Death instrumental,
Splitting the long eye open, and the spiral turnkey,
Your corkscrew grave centred in navel and nipple,
The neck of the nostril,
Under the mask and the ether, they making bloody
The tray of knives, the antiseptic funeral;
"I, In My Intricate Image" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Woman's abdomen catches fire during C-section, as surgical tool ignites antiseptic.
Other than povodine-iodine, which skin antiseptics can be used on mucus membranes.
Ideal for emergency responders, DuPont Antiseptic Hand Wash Products are available either as a personal-size hand spray or as hand wipes and are effective against a wide range of pathogens.
A look back at shocking ads for the popular, dangerous, and ineffective antiseptic douche.
"Samsara" delivers two mesmerizing hours of cinematic tourism that could be bottled as an antiseptic for the human soul.
But how does this mouthwash differ from all those other antiseptic mouthwashes on the market.
Discovering too late that much of its colonial history was being smothered beneath antiseptic towers of steel and tinted glass, Singapore is trying to restore what remains of its past, both the dignity and the debauchery.
At first glance, the cover of Susan Sontag 's final book—the almost-complete manuscript she left at her death in December 2004—seems antiseptic and ultra-modern, like an architectural photograph of the Düsseldorf School.
Dog treats, supplemental nutritionals and antiseptic wipes were the subject of recall this week by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Mels Crouwel dubbed his new addition to Amsterdam's Museumplein the 'bathtub,' a fitting description for such an oversized, antiseptic and mismatched design.
Stan Diehl's idea of therapy is anti-antiseptic.
They were often removed to antiseptic suburbs, far from the city centers where diplomats needed to be.
The Halo antiseptic spray is designed to coat the back of the throat for up to six hours to help to protect against airborne germs .
Had enough of Apple's antiseptic whites.
It offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and has amazing healing properties.
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