both aseptic and antiseptic.

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  • Aseptic technique — refers to a procedure that is performed under sterile conditions. This includes medical and laboratory techniques, such as with microbiological cultures.Medical proceduresAseptic technique is the effort taken to keep patients as free from… …   Wikipedia

  • aseptic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ marked by the absence of bacteria, viruses, and other micro organisms. Compare with ANTISEPTIC(Cf. ↑antiseptic) …   English terms dictionary

  • antiseptic — [adj] completely clean, uncontami nated; decontaminating antibacterial, antibiotic, aseptic, bactericidal, clean, disinfectant, germdestroying, germ free, germicidal, hygienic, medicated, prophylactic, pure, purifying, sanitary, sterile,… …   New thesaurus

  • Antiseptic — Antiseptics (from Greek αντί anti , against + σηπτικός septikos , putrefactive ) are antimicrobial substances that are applied to living tissue/skin to reduce the possibility of infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. They should generally be… …   Wikipedia

  • Antiseptic — Something that discourages the growth microorganisms. By contrast, aseptic refers to the absence of microorganisms. * * * 1. Relating to antisepsis. 2. An agent or substance capable of effecting antisepsis. * * * an·ti·sep·tic .ant ə sep tik adj… …   Medical dictionary

  • antiseptic — I. adjective Etymology: anti + Greek sēptikos putrefying, septic Date: 1751 1. a. opposing sepsis, putrefaction, or decay; especially preventing or arresting the growth of microorganisms (as on living tissue) b. acting or protecting like an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antiseptic — 1. adjective 1) an antiseptic substance Syn: disinfectant, germicidal, bactericidal, antibacterial, antibiotic 2) antiseptic bandages Syn: sterile, aseptic, germ free, uncontaminated, disinfected …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • aseptic — adjective a) Free of disease causing microbes. The lack of aseptic tools during surgery has resulted in many deaths. b) Used to protect against infection by disease causing microbes. Pharmacuiticals are packaged using aseptic techniques. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • Aseptic — The absence of microorganisms. By contrast, something that just discourages the growth of microorganisms is antiseptic. * * * Marked by or relating to asepsis. * * * asep·tic sep tik adj 1) preventing infection <aseptic techniques> 2) free… …   Medical dictionary

  • antiseptic surgery — surgery done using antiseptic principles; see also aseptic s …   Medical dictionary

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