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an·ti·sep·tic  audio  (nt-sptk) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Of, relating to, or producing antisepsis.
  2. Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.
  3. Thoroughly clean; aseptic. See Synonyms at clean.
  4. Of or associated with the use of antiseptics.
    1. Devoid of enlivening or enriching qualities: "This is . . . not at all lighthearted or amiable music. In fact, the tone is unremittingly sober and antiseptic" (Donal Henahan).
    2. Free of disturbing or unpleasant features; sanitized: an antiseptic version of history.
NOUN:
A substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of disease-causing microorganisms.


OTHER FORMS:
anti·septi·cal·ly(Adverb)


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