from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Destruction of disease-causing microorganisms to prevent infection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The science and practice of countering microbial infection, as with the use of antiseptics, and the use of aseptic technique.
- n. Any antiseptic agent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Prevention of sepsis by excluding or destroying microorganisms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The more or less complete exclusion of living microorganisms from those bodies or substances in which they produce disease, putrefaction, or fermentation. Such organisms may be destroyed, as by heat or germicides, or excluded, as by coverings or cleanliness, or their activity and multiplication may be restricted, as by the application of antiseptic substances or of cold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the process of inhibiting the growth and multiplication of microorganisms
- n. (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms
anti- + sepsis (Wiktionary)