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Definition of Antisepsis

Antisepsis: Prevention of infection by inhibiting or arresting the growth and multiplication of germs (infectious agents). Antisepsis implies scrupulously clean and free of all living microorganisms.

From the Greek roots anti- meaning against + sepsis against putrefaction = literally, against putrefaction.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=13672
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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