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aseptic (adj) (in hospitals, and such other places) preventing infection.

Aseptic refers to the conditions which prevent infection, or the spread of harmful bacteria, in a patient, or in the surroundings. Hospitals and nursing homes should be kept aseptic. That is, they should be kept clean and hygienic enough to ensure a bacteria free condition, so that the patients are not exposed to the risk of infection, which only worsens their disease.

  • Dr. Joseph Lister, discovering that unhygienic conditions aggravated the infection in patients, developed an awareness among doctors and nurses of the need for aseptic conditions in hospitals which can be ensured by keeping them hygienic and by sterilizing surgical equipment.
  • Aseptic conditions in hospitals are perhaps as important, if not more important than, the actual treatment or surgery.
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