hy·​giene | \ ˈhī-ˌjēn How to pronounce hygiene (audio) also hī-ˈjēn \

Definition of hygiene

1 : a science of the establishment and maintenance of health
2 : conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health has poor personal hygiene Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good oral hygiene.

Other Words from hygiene

hygienist \ hī-​ˈjē-​nist How to pronounce hygiene (audio) , ˈhī-​ˌjē-​ , hī-​ˈje-​ How to pronounce hygiene (audio) \ noun

Examples of hygiene in a Sentence

Poor sanitation and hygiene caused many of the soldiers to get sick. He has very poor personal hygiene. Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good dental hygiene.
Recent Examples on the Web What’s more is that Bulldog offers a full range of men’s hygiene and shaving products specially designed for sensitive skin. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 The charity’s mission is to deliver sustainable, quality-of-life services to and with the people of South Sudan by efficiently providing access to clean, safe water and improving hygiene and sanitation practices in areas of great need. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 In addition, all participants received personalized lifestyle interventions, such as counseling on exercise, diet, blood pressure control, sleep hygiene and stress reduction. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 To help feed 1,071 kids in Maryvale, provide each with hygiene and clothing items. Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2022 In November, Kudos became first diaper company to win the annual HYGIENIX Innovation Award, which recognizes innovation in the absorbent hygiene and personal care marketplace. Angela Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Feb. 2022 Menomonee Falls Services at both clinics include hygiene and restorative dental work as well as handling dental emergencies. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Feb. 2022 These strong cyber hygiene and proactive security posture management practices not only help shield from cyber threats but will enable cyber insurance policyholders to continue to qualify for coverage in an increasingly dangerous world. Gidi Cohen, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Last week, the Brazilian government expressed gratitude to the United States for providing funds for cleaning, hygiene and kitchen kits for those displaced by the flooding in the neighboring state of Bahia. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hygiene

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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“Hygiene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hygiene. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hygiene


hy·​giene | \ ˈhī-ˌjēn How to pronounce hygiene (audio) \

Kids Definition of hygiene

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.


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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