adjective Pathology.

  1. pertaining to or of the nature of sepsis; infected.
  2. putrefactive.


  1. of, relating to, or caused by sepsis
  2. of, relating to, or caused by putrefaction


  1. Australian and NZ informal short for septic tank

adj.c.1600, from Latin septicus “of or pertaining to putrefaction,” from Greek septikos “characterized by putrefaction,” from sepein “make rotten or putrid, cause to rot” (see sepsis). Septic tank is attested from 1902. adj.

  1. Of, relating to, having the nature of, or affected by sepsis.
  2. Causing or producing sepsis; putrefactive.

  1. A severe infection caused by pathogenic organisms, especially bacteria, in the blood or tissues. If untreated, a localized infection, as in the respiratory or urinary tracts, can lead to infection in the bloodstream and widespread inflammation, characterized initially by fever, chills, and other symptoms and later by septic shock.

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