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aseptic

a·sep·tic

aseptic

 
 
pronunciation:
eI sep tihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: free of bacteria or germs that cause disease or decay.
The area of skin should be aseptic before giving the injection.
similar words:
antiseptic, sanitary
definition 2: acting to prevent infection.
He rubbed the skin with an aseptic solution.
definition 3: pale or unenthusiastic.
The receptionist gave me an aseptic greeting, barely even looking up from her schedule book.The film received an aseptic reception from the critics.
derivation: aseptically (adv.)
Word Parts
The word aseptic contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.