Antiseptic

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Antiseptic Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues
  • (extended sense) of exceptionally clean language; "lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School"
  • clean and honest; "antiseptic financial practices"
  • 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"
  • made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms; "sterilized instruments"
  • freeing from error or corruption; "the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism"

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

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Antiseptic Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An antiseptic is a substance that is applied to lesions or wounds of the skin to kill germs. This helps prevent the wound becoming infected.

Commonly used antiseptics include alcohol, iodine and mercury compounds. Antiseptics are different from antibiotics. Antiseptics can only be used on the skin, antibiotics can also be used internally, through the blood and lymphatic systems. They are also different from disinfectants: Disinfectants are used on non-living objects only, because they are dangerous to the living.



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