adjective hy·gien·ic \ˌhī-ˈjē-nik, -ˈje- also -jē-ˈe-nik\
: relating to being clean and the the things that are done to maintain good health : of or relating to hygiene
: clean and likely to maintain good health : having or showing good hygiene
a : of or relating to hygiene
b : having or showing good hygiene <hygienic conditions>
a : antiseptic 3c <sweetly hygienic production … comic in an entirely innocuous way — J. W. Aldridge>
b : antiseptic 4 <a hygienic view of national realities and moral imperatives — I. L. Horowitz>
— hy·gien·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(-ə)lē\ adverb
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Examples of HYGIENIC
- For hygienic reasons, restaurants should wash silverware and drinking glasses more than once.
- The hygienic conditions of the operating room are maintained by the nursing staff.
- The prisoners' living quarters were not hygienic.
First Known Use of HYGIENIC
: of, relating to, or leading toward health or hygiene <hygienic conditions>
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