Definition of handwashing
1 : the act or activity of washing one's hands Some 80 percent of your exposure to germs occurs through tough, making proper handwashing key to protecting yourself. — Andrew Weil, Self Healing, December 2004
2 : the act or activity or washing something by hand rather than by using a machine delicate fabrics that require hand-washing
hand–wash\ˈhand-ˌwȯsh, -ˌwäsh\ play transitive verb,
hand–washes… cotton that he said had to be hand-washed in lukewarm water … — John Updike, “Beautiful Husbands” in Trust Me, 1987
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