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.

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  • 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

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

Latin sēpticus, putrefying, from Greek sēptikos, from sēptos, rotten, from sēpein, to make rotten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek σηπτικός (sēptikos, "characterized by putridity"), from σηπτός (sēptos), from σήπειν (sēpein).

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From Latin septem ("seven").

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Short form of Cockney rhyming slang septic tank ("Yank").

Examples

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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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