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
By the 1880s, antisepsis had been superseded by asepsis, which involved the scrupulous attention to maintaining sterile operating conditions.
In fact, it has probably changed more than it had in the preceding hundred years, which saw the introduction of two of the preconditions for modern surgery, anesthesia and antisepsis.
Pilot trial to compare tolerance of chlorhexidine gluconate to povidone-iodine antisepsis for central venous catheter placement in neonates.
Like most American doctors of the time, Bliss scorned the newfangled theories of antisepsis promoted by Dr. Joseph Lister in Britain.
Until antisepsis and antibiotics came, the doctors were usually fighting a losing battle.
What our lives lack in piety we make up for in antisepsis.
These revalations included the use of anaesthetic (reducing shock), the principles of antisepsis (greatly reducing the leading cause of death - infection), and a means of suturing internal organs (before which some women had bled to death internally following "surgery").
The major advances in surgery in recent times are usually thought to be antisepsis and anaesthetic, and it is fascinating to see that they had antiseptic techniques.
Agreed, the major technical advances that made modern surgery possible are antisepsis and anaesthesia.
Abortion was rarely resorted to until anesthesia and antisepsis made the procedure fairly safe and bearable, which is one reason we hear so little about it in the past.