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antiseptic

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌæn.tiˈsep.tɪk/ us    /-t̬i-/
a chemical used for preventing infection in an injury, especially by killing bacteria: Antiseptic is used to sterilize the skin before giving an injection. Many of the ingredients for antiseptics come from the rainforests.

antiseptic

adjective uk   /ˌæn.tiˈsep.tɪk/ us    /-t̬i-/
completely free from infection: In the 1870s and 1880s, doctors began to follow the principles of antiseptic surgery. disapproving too clean and showing no imagination and character: There's an antiseptic feeling to the new town centre, with its covered shopping mall.
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