Definition of antiseptic in English:



  • 1Preventing the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.

    ‘garlic has powerful antiseptic properties’
    ‘his breath smelt of antiseptic mouthwash’
    • ‘Another fire occurred when sparks from an electrosurgical unit ignited antiseptic solution that had pooled under a patient's legs.’
    • ‘A warm bath, antibacterial soap, or antiseptic medicine to stop infection may help.’
    • ‘If you nick yourself while shaving, apply alum - a natural mineral with antiseptic properties - to stop bleeding and soothe irritation.’
    • ‘It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the risk of your implant becoming infected.’
    • ‘And sage, thyme and myrrh contain antiseptic actions that help prevent the growth of bacteria.’
    • ‘The CDC does not makes recommendations for a particular antiseptic agent for the catheter insertion site; nor do they recommend a specific type of dressing over another.’
    • ‘Many approved official prophylactic packs in fact contained antiseptic ointment.’
    • ‘To soften detritus, antiseptic solution may be instilled into the umbilicus when the abdomen is scrubbed, or the nurse can use separate sponges and applicators to clean the umbilicus first.’
    • ‘He or she may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash that helps prevent plaque forming.’
    • ‘Hand washing with antiseptic soap or hand rubbing with alcohol-based disinfectant significantly reduced bacterial counts compared to hand washing with unmedicated soap.’
    • ‘Mucositis should be managed with antiseptic mouthwash and prophylactic or early treatment of oral candidiasis.’
    • ‘Prolonged use of topical antiseptic agents should be avoided.’
    • ‘Joseph Lister, MD, developed the principles and practice of antisepsis in the 1800s after he used antiseptic solutions on open bone fractures.’
    • ‘Antiseptic mouthwashes contain antiseptic to kill bacteria and help to freshen your breath.’
    • ‘To prevent catheter-related infections, it is important to use an antiseptic hand wash before starting a procedure.’
    • ‘Antibiotics are useless and proprietary antiseptic gargles and lozenges if used in excess are likely to further aggravate the throat.’
    • ‘These treatments have antifungal and antiseptic properties.’
    • ‘Bleeding in children, arising from persistent crusting of the insides of the nostrils, is best treated using an antiseptic cream or softening ointment such as petroleum jelly.’
    • ‘The 1994 rulemaking included definitions for antiseptic drugs, broad spectrum activity, and healthcare antiseptics.’
    • ‘We have shown that handrubbing with an alcohol based solution is more effective than handwashing with an antiseptic soap in reducing bacterial contamination of healthcare workers' hands during routine patient care.’
    disinfectant, germicidal, bactericidal
    sterile, aseptic, germ-free, uncontaminated, unpolluted
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  • 2Scrupulously clean or pure, especially so as to be bland or characterless.

    ‘their squeaky-clean home epitomizes this antiseptic respectability’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It works if only as a glorious distraction from the antiseptic earnestness of life as a modern-day Test player.’
    • ‘Those tired of modern, antiseptic museums with a very strong flow of tourists will discover a rare pleasure in visiting the Foundation's private universe.’
    • ‘It was a bit too clean and antiseptic to be really considered an evil lair.’
    • ‘Lighting was selected to brighten without glaring, and displays were designed to be neat and clean, but not antiseptic.’
    characterless, colourless, soulless, bland, nondescript, uninspiring
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  • An antiseptic compound or preparation.

    ‘the inappropriate use of antiseptics’
    mass noun ‘come into the house and have some antiseptic put on that wound’
    • ‘An inflamed prostate is a nuisance, but it's relatively easy to treat with antibiotics, urinary antiseptics, muscle relaxants and/or rest.’
    • ‘Believing himself capable of curing his affliction with poultices and antiseptics, he had only delayed the inevitable visit to the doctor's office.’
    • ‘Current techniques designed to modify materials for infection resistance rely on external bonding agents to integrate antiseptics and antibiotics.’
    • ‘Regulatory agencies use in vitro and surrogate clinical simulation studies that mimic use conditions to assess the efficacy of topical antiseptics.’
    • ‘They concluded that antiseptics are often effective against a broader range of bacteria than antibiotics and are less likely to create resistant bacteria or patient sensitivities.’
    • ‘The monograph classifies health care antiseptics in the following manner.’
    • ‘Skin and hair may be washed with special antiseptics.’
    • ‘The lesion had not responded to self prescribed topical antibiotics and antiseptics.’
    • ‘Catheters impregnated with antiseptics and coated with antibiotics are now available.’
    • ‘Warm compresses, topical antiseptics, and antibacterial soap may help in patients with folliculitis.’
    • ‘Semmelweis documented the importance of antiseptics in clinical medicine; the importance of biocides in the domicile environment remains to be determined.’
    • ‘They are susceptible to heat and to some antiseptics.’
    • ‘Topical antiseptics are essential for infection control.’
    • ‘Everyone is wise to the mercury dangers in paints, but patients need to know that button batteries, mercurial antiseptics and broken thermometers are sources of mercury.’
    • ‘Emollients in alcohol-based hand antiseptics have been shown to reduce complaints of drying, irritation, and itching by health care workers.’
    • ‘The emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in hospitals is largely attributable to the excessive use of antibiotics and antiseptics causing the bacteria to mutate and provide resistance.’
    • ‘Wounds should be cleaned with soap and water or skin antiseptics.’
    • ‘Contamination of antiseptics has been associated with outbreaks of infections and false-positive findings on blood culture.’
    • ‘Essential oils are found in different parts of plants, flowers, leaves, bark, berries, stems and roots, and they may contain hormones, vitamins, antibiotics and antiseptics.’
    • ‘He generalized that if contaminated wounds healed well with antiseptics, simple incised wounds would benefit from the application of antiseptic as well.’
    disinfectant, germicide, bactericide
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