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Dictionary definition for: Antiseptic

1. (n) a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues

2. (a) 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"

3. (s) clean and honest; "antiseptic financial practices"

4. (s) freeing from error or corruption; "the antiseptic effect of sturdy criticism"

5. (s) made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms; "sterilized instruments"

6. (s) (extended sense) of exceptionally clean language; "lyrics as antiseptic as Sunday School"

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