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asepsis

 [a-sep´sis]
1. freedom from infection or infectious material.
2. the absence of viable pathogenic organisms; see also aseptic technique. adj., adj asep´tic.(See accompanying table.)
medical asepsis the use of practices aimed at destroying pathological organisms after they leave the body; employed in the care of patients with infectious diseases to prevent reinfection of the patient and to avoid the spread of infection from one person to another. This is achieved by isolation precautions, in which the objects in the patient's environment are protected from contamination or disinfected as soon as possible after contamination.
surgical asepsis the exclusion of all microorganisms before they can enter an open surgical wound or contaminate a sterile field during surgery. See accompanying table. Measures taken include sterilization of all instruments, drapes, and all other inanimate objects that may come in contact with the surgical wound. All personnel coming in contact with the sterile field perform a surgical hand scrub with an antimicrobial agent and put on a surgical gown and gloves. Further information concerning aseptic technique and technical aspects of perioperative nursing practice can be found in the publication AORN Standards, Recommended Practices, and Guidelines, published by AORN, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

a·sep·sis

(ă-sep'sis, ā-),
A condition in which living pathogenic organisms are absent; a state of sterility (2).
[G. a- priv. + sēpsis, putrefaction]
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asepsis

(ə-sĕp′sĭs, ā-)
n.
1. The state of being free of pathogenic microorganisms.
2. The process of removing pathogenic microorganisms or protecting against infection by such organisms.
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a·sep·sis

(ā-sep'sis)
A condition in which living pathogenic organisms are absent; a state of sterility (q.v.).
[G. a- priv. + sēpsis, putrefaction]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

asepsis

The complete absence of all bacteria or other microorganisms capable of causing infection. Asepsis, as distinct from antisepsis, is the concept that made modern surgery possible.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

a·sep·sis

(ā-sep'sis)
A condition in which living pathogenic organisms are absent; a state of sterility.
[G. a- priv. + sēpsis, putrefaction]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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