antiseptic Definition

  • 1a substance that prevents infection in a wound by killing bacteria
  • 2thoroughly clean and free of bacteria

Using antiseptic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "antiseptic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The nurse applied an antiseptic to the wound before bandaging it.

  • Example

    The hospital room was kept antiseptic to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Example

    The surgeon washed his hands with antiseptic soap before the operation.

antiseptic Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for antiseptic

Phrases with antiseptic

  • a liquid used to kill bacteria in the mouth and freshen breath


    I use antiseptic mouthwash every morning to keep my breath fresh.

  • a cream used to prevent infection in cuts and wounds


    I always carry antiseptic cream in my first aid kit when I go hiking.

  • a disposable cloth or towelette used to clean and disinfect skin or surfaces


    I wiped down the kitchen counter with an antiseptic wipe after preparing raw chicken.

Origins of antiseptic

from Greek 'anti-', meaning 'against', and 'septikos', meaning 'putrefying'


Summary: antiseptic in Brief

An 'antiseptic' [ˌæntiˈseptɪk] is a substance that kills bacteria and prevents infection in wounds. It can also describe a clean environment that is free of bacteria. Examples include antiseptic mouthwash, cream, and wipes. Synonyms for 'antiseptic' include 'disinfectant,' 'sanitizer,' and 'sterilizer.'

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