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

Full Definition of HYGIENIC

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

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

HYGIENIC Defined for Kids


adjective hy·gien·ic \ˌhī-jē-ˈe-nik, hī-ˈje-nik\

Definition of HYGIENIC for Kids

:  of, relating to, or leading toward health or hygiene <hygienic conditions>
Medical Dictionary


adjective hy·gien·ic \ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik, hī-ˈjen-, hī-ˈjēn-\

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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