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hygiene

noun hy·giene \ˈhī-ˌjēn also hī-ˈ\

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

Full Definition of HYGIENE

1
:  a science of the establishment and maintenance of health
2
:  conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health
hy·gien·ist \hī-ˈjē-nist, ˈhī-ˌjē-, hī-ˈje-\ noun
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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

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HYGIENIST Defined for Kids

hygiene

noun hy·giene \ˈhī-ˌjēn\

Definition of HYGIENE for Kids

1
:  a science that deals with the bringing about and keeping up of good health
2
:  conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) necessary for health <He has good personal hygiene.>
Medical Dictionary

hygiene

noun hy·giene \ˈhī-ˌjēn also hī-ˈ\

Medical Definition of HYGIENE

1
:  a science of the establishment and maintenance of health—see industrial hygiene, mental hygiene
2
:  conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health

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