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Chemical used in destroying disease causing microorganisms (also called microbials, microbiologicals, pathogens) externally on wounds or (under medical supervision) taken internally to treat infection. Use of antiseptics in hospitals was pioneered in 1867 by the Scottish surgeon Dr. Joseph Lister (1827-1912) who used diluted carbolic acid to disinfect wounds, dressings, and implements.

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Applying an antiseptic to an open wound to ensure that it doesn't become infected with bacteria is one of the most crucial steps in the healing process of an injury.
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After cutting the raw chicken, I made sure to use and antiseptic cleaner to thoroughly disinfect the cutting board so no harmful bacteria remained.
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Fortunately we had antiseptic which helped treat my wound otherwise I may have been in a lot of pain for a long time.
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