hy·​gien·​ic | \ˌhī-ˈjē-nik, -ˈje- also -jē-ˈe-nik \

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, -​ˈje-​ also -​jē-​ˈe-​ni-​ \ 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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Instead, wear low-cut socks to keep a dry, hygienic barrier between your foot and shoe. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First," 13 June 2018 Instead, wear low-cut socks, such as Bombas No Shows (starting at $10.50 at bombas.com), to keep a dry, hygienic barrier between your foot and shoe. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Guys, before you switch to sandals, check out your feet," 21 June 2018 Two wine barrels filled with human excrement, sand and gravel fragments, animal bones and an array of Renaissance-era rubbish have enabled Danish archaeologists to map the dietary and hygienic habits of a 17th-century Copenhagen neighborhood. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 These are families that are going to be torn from one another, and going to a college campus may not be the most hygienic thing in the world. Fox News, "Mike Huckabee: Peter Fonda ought to be in jail," 27 June 2018 My first question was how Sephora could keep things relaxing—and hygienic—in such a busy location. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried Sephora’s Free Pore Vacuum Facial, and the Results Were Crazy," 22 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Despite the mutation, Sandrock said, the vaccine can still be an effective flu deterrent, especially when paired with hygienic practices. Cathie Anderson And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "Nearly 100 people in California have died from flu this season," 29 Jan. 2018 Also be sure to add moisture resistant, hygienic pillow protectors to lengthen the life of your new pillows. Jennifer Adams, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: When should you replace your pillows?," 25 May 2018 The team also found a link between the odors and the genetics that drive honeybees' hygienic behavior. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Scent of Death: Honeybees Use Odors to Detect Deceased Broods," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hygienic

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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hy·​gien·​ic | \ˌhī-jē-ˈe-nik, 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, hī-ˈjen-, hī-ˈjēn- \

Medical Definition of hygienic 

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

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hygienically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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