Prevention of infection by inhibiting or arresting the growth and multiplication of germs (infectious agents). Antisepsis implies scrupulously clean and free of all living microorganisms. From the Greek roots anti- meaning against + sepsis against putrefaction = literally, against putrefaction.
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Prevention of infection by inhibiting the growth of infectious agents. SEE ALSO: disinfection. [anti- + G. sepsis, putrefaction]

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an·ti·sep·sis .ant-ə-'sep-səs n, pl -sep·ses -.sēz the inhibiting of the growth and multiplication of microorganisms by antiseptic means

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the elimination of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms that cause disease by the use of chemical or physical methods.

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an·ti·sep·sis (an″tĭ-sepґsis) [anti- + sepsis] 1. the prevention of sepsis by antiseptic means. 2. any procedure that reduces to a significant degree the microbial flora of skin or mucous membranes. Cf. disinfection.

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