Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine: A principle formerly supposed to be the essence of infection.
  • n. Air deficient in oxygen and containing poisonous emanations.

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Examples

  • To this, a few days later, Mitchill replied that he felt there was confusion in terms and that the language employed by the various writers had introduced that confusion; then for philological reasons and to clarify thoughts Mitchill proposed to strike out azote from the nomenclature of the day and take septon in its place; he also wished to expunge hydrogene and substitute phlogiston.

    Priestley in America 1794-1804

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  • Kotaku: 'The manufacturer says it uses a material called "septon," which is used in medical devices.'

    December 8, 2008