hygienic


hy·gien·ic

adjective \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

Full Definition of HYGIENIC

1
a :  of or relating to hygiene
b :  having or showing good hygiene <hygienic conditions>
2
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

Examples of HYGIENIC

  1. For hygienic reasons, restaurants should wash silverware and drinking glasses more than once.
  2. The hygienic conditions of the operating room are maintained by the nursing staff.
  3. The prisoners' living quarters were not hygienic.

First Known Use of HYGIENIC

1833

hy·gien·ic

adjective \ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik, hī-ˈjen-, hī-ˈjēn-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYGIENIC

: of, relating to, or conducive to health or hygiene
hy·gien·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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