hy·giene | \ˈhī-ˌjēn 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.

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Other Words from hygiene

hygienist \hī-ˈjē-nist, ˈhī-ˌjē-, hī-ˈje- \ 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.
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Sleep hygiene is a much safer and more effective approach for chronic insomnia. Allen Frances, STAT, "The devil didn’t make me do it — it was Ambien. Nice try, Roseanne," 30 May 2018 That study found that women who used talc as a feminine hygiene product were three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer as women who did not. Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Why Johnson & Johnson’s $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Lawsuit Is Important for Women Everywhere," 13 July 2018 People traveling from Arizona have regularly stopped by the camp and the shelters with donations of toys, food and hygiene products. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "What happens when migrants seeking asylum get to the border?," 22 June 2018 The program often includes a 10-week course to teach workers in some of the world’s poorest countries about health, hygiene, and sanitation, as well as communication and critical thinking. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Levi's Expanding Worker Education Efforts to Improve Quality of Life," 26 June 2018 The best way to avoid harmful germs at airports (or anywhere) is — no surprise — to practice good hygiene. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Germs at the airport, and the teams that fight them," 23 May 2018 Lack of appetite, medication, personal hygiene, cleanliness and falling are all additional factors. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "When and how to discuss senior-housing options with aging parents," 13 July 2018 The women must also attend classes in hygiene, customer service, safety, and languages such as English and French. Stéphanie Jacob, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Morocco, women find a recipe for success and gainful employment," 14 June 2018 The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued during the six-week trial that asbestos fibers mixed with the talc used to make Johnson’s Baby Powder entered the bodies of women who used the product every day for decades for feminine hygiene. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hygiene

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


hy·giene | \ˈhī-ˌjēn \

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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