Meaning of “antiseptic” in the English Dictionary

"antiseptic" in British English

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antisepticnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌæn.tiˈsep.tɪk/ us /ˌæn.t̬iˈsep.tɪk/

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.


uk /ˌæn.tiˈsep.tɪk/ us /ˌæn.t̬iˈsep.tɪk/

(Definition of “antiseptic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"antiseptic" in American English

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antisepticnoun [ C ]

us /ˌæn·tɪˈsep·tɪk/

a chemical used to prevent infection from an injury, esp. by killing bacteria

adjective us /ˌæn·tɪˈsep·tɪk/

an antiseptic ointment

(Definition of “antiseptic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)