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

  • n. The state of being free of pathogenic microorganisms.
  • n. The process of removing pathogenic microorganisms or protecting against infection by such organisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being free from sepsis.
  • n. The process of removing pathogenic organisms or protecting against such organisms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being aseptic; the methods or processes of asepticizing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Absence of living germs of disease, putrefaction, or fermentation.

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

  • n. (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms
  • n. the process of inhibiting the growth and multiplication of microorganisms


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  • Vulvovaginitis is a very contagious disease, and before the days of hospital asepsis, which is so perfectly maintained today in our large institutions, this disease used to go right through a children's ward because of carelessness in the handling of soiled diapers, etc. The sign of this disease is a yellow-white vaginal discharge, while the surrounding skin covering the inside of the thighs and buttocks may be very much reddened.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • We are not questioning the value of asepsis, which is only a learned phrase to express absolute surgical cleanliness.

    An Ethical Problem Or, Sidelights upon Scientific Experimentation on Man and Animals

  • By the 1880s, antisepsis had been superseded by asepsis, which involved the scrupulous attention to maintaining sterile operating conditions.

    Gowns, Germs and Steel

  • The development of penicillin during World War II added the last "A" to modern surgery's triad of anesthesia, asepsis, and antibiotics.

    Gowns, Germs and Steel

  • Crude surgery without anesthesia or asepsis has been replaced by modern painless surgery with its exquisite technical refinement.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • But back then, the fear-mongering did some good, by cleaning up the worst asepsis in the inner cities, and introducing the concept of hygiene as desirable for all.

    Chris Weigant: Germs Don't Care If You Are Legal Or Not

  • The CDC has reported that at least half of the two million nosocomial infections, and half of the ninety-eight thousand deaths estimated by the IOM to result annually from these infections, could be prevented if physicians and the hospital staff under their supervision would follow the handwashing and related policies on asepsis which have been established as standard procedure in each acute-care hospital in the nation.

    Doctors Are Spreading Infections That Kill Patients

  • He returned to his desk, took down his two massive volumes of The Complete and Concise Home Doctor, and began to revise the sections that dealt with 'bleeding; dressings; shock; tourniquet; bullet wounds; burns; cuts; stabs; asepsis; drainage and irrigation of wounds; lockjaw; pus; trepanning for the relief of depressed fractures of the skull.'

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • Vaccine remains stable for 4 days at 37┬░C, but, for asepsis, it is preferable to destroy the vial when the vaccination session is over.

    Chapter 4

  • Antiseptics are products used for the disinfection (asepsis) of living tissues (skin, wounds, mucosa.).

    Chapter 5


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