hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌhī-ˈjē-nik How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , -ˈje- How to pronounce hygienic (audio) also -jē-ˈe-nik How to pronounce hygienic (audio) \

Definition of hygienic

1a : of or relating to hygiene
b : having or showing good hygiene hygienic conditions
2a : antiseptic sense 3c sweetly hygienic production … comic in an entirely innocuous way— J. W. Aldridge
b : antiseptic sense 4 a hygienic view of national realities and moral imperatives— I. L. Horowitz

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Other Words from hygienic

hygienically \ ˌhī-​ˈjē-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hygienically (audio) , -​ˈje-​ also  -​jē-​ˈe-​ni-​ How to pronounce hygienically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hygienic in a Sentence

For hygienic reasons, restaurants should wash silverware and drinking glasses more than once. The hygienic conditions of the operating room are maintained by the nursing staff. The prisoners' living quarters were not hygienic.
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Recent Examples on the Web Living with poor hygienic conditions and in tents made of tarps and garbage bags packed closed together, the migrants have long been at high risk of contracting the disease. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "First coronavirus case in a “Remain in Mexico” migrant camp," 30 June 2020 Absent more hygienic upgrades, Wang advises wearing a face mask when using a public restroom. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "In public toilets, flushing isn't the only COVID-19 risk," 19 June 2020 There are no buffet or communal dining options onboard the ships, allowing for hygienic food service. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Virgin Voyages Announces Sanitation Protocols Ahead of Delayed Launch," 18 June 2020 Have a handy, hygienic, and comfy changing station (hello, memory foam mattress for the head) for your baby always an option with this portable diaper changing pad. Popular Science, "Traveling with a baby? Here are the supplies you’ll need," 12 June 2020 Licences must be obtained and, for those selling food, hygienic standards met. The Economist, "Back peddling China once banned street vendors. Now it welcomes them," 11 June 2020 Keep in mind that due to hygienic reasons, mask purchases are final sale and cannot be returned. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Need to buy a face mask? Here's where to find them on sale," 9 June 2020 The material it's made of also plays a role, and lately, fabric masks containing copper have gained attention as an alternative to other cloth face coverings that could be potentially more hygienic. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Are Copper Face Masks Actually More Effective? What to Know Before You Buy One," 4 June 2020 All participants in organized activities at parks must be screened and must practice social distancing and hygienic measures. al, "Mobile County opens parks today, including new one," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of hygienic

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hygienic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hygienic. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌhī-jē-ˈe-nik How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , hī-ˈje-nik \

Kids Definition of hygienic

: of, relating to, or leading toward health or hygiene hygienic conditions


hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , hī-ˈjen- How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , hī-ˈjēn- How to pronounce hygienic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hygienic

: of, relating to, or conducive to health or hygiene

Other Words from hygienic

hygienically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hygienically (audio) \ adverb

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