of or relating to science or the sciences:
occupied or concerned with science:
regulated by or conforming to the principles of exact science:
systematic or accurate in the manner of an exact science.
opposed to the principles, methods, or aims of science
(prenominal) of, relating to, derived from, or used in science: scientific equipment
(prenominal) occupied in science: scientific manpower
conforming with the principles or methods used in science: a scientific approach
1580s, from Middle French scientifique, from Medieval Latin scientificus “pertaining to science,” from Latin scientia “knowledge” (see science) + -ficus “making” + facere “to make” (see factitious). Originally used to translate Greek epistemonikos “making knowledge” in Aristotle’s “Ethics.”
Sciential (mid-15c., “based on knowledge,” from Latin scientialis) is the classical purists’ choice for an adjective based on science. Scientic (1540s) and scient (late 15c.) also have been used. First record of scientific revolution is from 1803; scientific method is from 1854; scientific notation is from 1961. Related: Scientifical; scientifically.
antisecretory antisecretory an·ti·se·cre·to·ry (ān’tē-sĭ-krē’tə-rē, ān’tī-) adj. Inhibiting or decreasing secretion, especially gastric secretion.
- Antisense rna
noun molecules transcribed, not from DNA in the usual way, but from DNA strands complementary to those that produce normal messenger RNA. Antisense RNA occurs in nature and is inhibitory on gene action. It can be produced synthetically and offers such therapeutic possibilities as turning off viral genes
- Antiseptic dressing
antiseptic dressing antiseptic dressing n. A sterile dressing of gauze impregnated with an antiseptic. Historical Examples With the pus thus given exit, and an antiseptic dressing regularly applied, the case sometimes ends in rapid resolution. Diseases of the Horse’s Foot Harry Caulton Reeks “He has only fainted,” she said quietly, and continued with the antiseptic […]
to treat with .