Definition of septic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈseptɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseptɪk//
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(of a wound or part of the body) infected with harmful bacteria a septic finger A dirty cut may go septic. Word Originearly 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek sēptikos, from sēpein ‘make rotten’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: septic

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