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/

antisepticadjective

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

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.

(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

antiseptic
adjective us /ˌæn·tɪˈsep·tɪk/

an antiseptic ointment

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