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hygiene

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noun hy·giene \ˈhī-ˌjēn also hī-ˈ\

Simple Definition of hygiene

  • : the things that you do to keep yourself and your surroundings clean in order to maintain good health

Full Definition of hygiene

  1. 1 :  a science of the establishment and maintenance of health

  2. 2 :  conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health

hy·gien·ist play \hī-ˈjē-nist, ˈhī-ˌjē-, hī-ˈje-\ noun

Examples of hygiene

  1. Poor sanitation and hygiene caused many of the soldiers to get sick.

  2. He has very poor personal hygiene.

  3. Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good dental hygiene.



Origin of hygiene

French hygiène & New Latin hygieina, from Greek, neuter plural of hygieinos healthful, from hygiēs healthy; akin to Sanskrit su well and to Latin vivus living — more at quick


First Known Use: 1671


HYGIENIST Defined for Kids

hygienist

noun hy·gien·ist \hī-ˈjē-nist\

Definition of hygienist

  1. :  a person skilled in hygiene and especially in a specified branch of hygiene <a dental hygienist>




Medical Dictionary

hygiene

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noun hy·giene \ˈhī-ˌjēn also hī-ˈ\

Medical Definition of hygiene

  1. 1:  a science of the establishment and maintenance of health—see industrial hygiene, mental hygiene

  2. 2:  conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health





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