hygiene

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

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 How to pronounce hygienist (audio) , ˈhī-​ˌjē-​ , hī-​ˈje-​ How to pronounce hygienist (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

And most importantly, follow basic hygiene and common sense. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 Water should be boiled for at least one minute, then cooled for drinking, food preparation, brushing teeth and personal hygiene, the news release says. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Water-line break prompts boil-water advisory for El Dorado Hills area | The Sacramento Bee," 22 Mar. 2018 For women prone to yeast infections, Dr. Dweck recommends avoiding heavily scented personal hygiene products as well as getting out of wet workout clothes and bathing suits immediately. Elizabeth Durand Streisand, Good Housekeeping, "What the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Means, According to Gynos," 27 Nov. 2018 Wondering which personal hygiene products are safe to use? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "13 Things No One Tells You About Your First Gyno Visit," 13 Sep. 2018 The California tampon tax is known as the sales tax on menstrual hygiene products. Audrey Huang, Teen Vogue, "Why We Want California's Tampon Tax Out," 3 Aug. 2018 Some Washington lawmakers in recent years have unsuccessfully proposed eliminating the sales tax on menstrual hygiene products. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle would consider exempting tampons from sales tax under City Council proposal," 30 Oct. 2018 Ignaz Semmelweis, who was born 100 years ago last week, spent his life insisting that hygiene is the most essential act in medicine. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 The outbreak is a reminder of how important meal prep hygiene is, so here's a refresher. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Here Are the Symptoms of E. Coli—and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak," 23 Apr. 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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hygiene

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hygiene

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

hygiene

noun
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.

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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