Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, having the nature of, or affected by sepsis.
  • adj. Causing sepsis; putrefactive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to sepsis.
  • adj. Causing sepsis or putrefaction.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to sewage or the disposal of sewage.
  • n. A substance that causes sepsis or putrefaction.
  • n. A septic tank; a system for the disposal of sewage into a septic tank, a septic system.
  • n. A mathematical object (function, curve, surface, etc.) of degree seven.
  • n. An American, a Yank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the seventh degree or order.
  • adj. Having power to promote putrefaction.
  • n. A substance that promotes putrefaction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to sepsis in general; putrefactive or putrefying; septical: opposed to antiseptic.
  • n. A substance which causes sepsis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or caused by putrefaction
  • adj. containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms

Etymologies

Latin sēpticus, putrefying, from Greek sēptikos, from sēptos, rotten, from sēpein, to make rotten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σηπτικός (sēptikos, "characterized by putridity"), from σηπτός (sēptos), from σήπειν (sēpein). (Wiktionary)
From Latin septem ("seven"). (Wiktionary)
Short form of Cockney rhyming slang septic tank ("Yank"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The doctors explained that my husband was septic from the bacteria which had invaded his blood system.

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  • The proper operation of the septic is essential to health, property value, and the ecology.

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  • Brian Clapper, the occupant of the camper, has been staying there, though he says the camper's septic is completely self-contained.

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  • So I called the septic company, he told me I was looking for about a 20″x20″ cap, about 1′ down.

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  • Thursday morning I called the septic company and explained my dilemma.

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  • In some cases, the patient can go into severe sepsis, called septic shock, and as many as half die.

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  • At an age when Ruth should be thriving, she has already developed heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, a peptic ulcer, fibromyalgia, and recurring urinary tract infections, one of which led to a long stay in the ICU due to something called septic shock after the infection invaded her bloodstream.

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  • If this systemic infection goes unchecked, it leads to a condition known as septic shock, resulting in hypotension, or extremely low blood pressure; dysregulation of blood sugar; and the failure of such multiple organ systems as the heart, kidney, liver, and lungs.

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  • I remember getting introduced to something called septic abortion.

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