antiseptic /antɪˈsɛptɪk/

a

I. adjective

1. preventing the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.

garlic has powerful antiseptic properties.
his breath smelt of antiseptic mouthwash.
2. scrupulously clean or pure, especially so as to be bland or characterless

their squeaky-clean home epitomizes this antiseptic respectability.
II. noun

an antiseptic compound or preparation.

the inappropriate use of antiseptics.
[ mass noun]
come into the house and have some antiseptic put on that wound.
III. derivatives

antiseptically
adverb


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