V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a substance that destroys bacteria or disease; (adj.) 1. completely clean and free of disease or corruption; 2. very cold and impersonal; 3. totally neat and orderly; 4. unexciting and unimaginative
Synonyms: (n.) disinfectant, (adj.) hygienic, sanitary, sterile, pristine, impersonal, dull
Antonyms: (adj.) infected, contaminated
Tips: Antiseptic is derived from the Greek anti, "against," and septikos, "putrefying." Antiseptic is most commonly used in medicine, but it can also be used to describe anything that seems very clean, sterile, and impersonal, such as an "antiseptic room."
Leave the bandage on for three days so the antiseptic in it can begin to heal the wound. (disinfectant) noun
The antiseptic atmosphere of Grandmother's house was no fun for a lively seven-year-old. (sterile, pristine) adjective
Minor cuts should be washed with antiseptic soap and covered with bandages. (disinfectant) adjective
The dentist's lounge had an antiseptic appearance--clean, but uninteresting. (sterile, impersonal) adjective
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