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antiseptic

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Definition a substance used to clean wounds because it prevents infection by killing harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria

or more rarely when used as an adjective:  describing something as thoroughly clean and free of micro-organisms

Much more rarely, "antiseptic" is used to indicate something that is too planned — lacking in organic or natural character.
  • I washed the wound and then used alcohol as an antiseptic.
antiseptic = a substance used to clean wounds because it prevents infection by killing harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria
  • The nurse always wipes the skin with an antiseptic swab before administering a shot.
  • antiseptic = a substance used to clean wounds because it prevents infection by killing harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria
  • The air smells of something sharp and antiseptic.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • antiseptic = a chemical that kills micro-organisms
  • Gently rinsing away the blood, putting on an antiseptic, and bandaging them beneath the cuffs.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • antiseptic = a substance used to clean wounds because it prevents infection by killing harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria
  • We provide antiseptics and cotton and a place for the children to cry and nurse their wounds.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • antiseptics = chemicals used to clean wounds because they kill germs
  • The stink of unwashed bodies, stale urine, and infection breaks through the cloud of antiseptic.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It's more than the reinforced elevator, or the claustrophobia of being so far underground, or the caustic smell of antiseptic.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He was sent to live his last days in the antiseptic confinement of a sanatorium, where his family sat with him through his final hours.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Now colors are gentler and fewer; smells are antiseptic.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • The smells of antiseptic and astringent seemed to energize him, and the feelings generated by human trauma and fear seemed to motivate him.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • A first-aid kit with bandages and tubes of antiseptic paste and small scissors.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • Boxes of latex gloves, surgical masks, antiseptic pads, rolls of tape.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Hortensia and Josefina scrubbed the little cabin until it was almost antiseptic.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • It smelled of harsh antiseptic; it smelled too clean and hard and metallic.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Pedestrian
  • From all her talk of moving, I'd imagined a place full of boxes, something impersonal and antiseptic.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I swiped two rolls of bandages from the shelf, a bottle of peroxide to clean the wound, and pocketed a tube of antiseptic ointment.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • The antiseptic odor fills the room, and then it comes off his breath.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He was the most typical figure of Gramarye, his tar being the antiseptic of his sheep.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Even under the smells of antiseptics and alcohol, she could smell the grassy smell of his skin.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I look away as Eric wipes my neck with an antiseptic wipe and eases the needle into my skin.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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