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-​ \ 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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Caplana said, referring to claims by Democratic lawmakers Monday that detained migrants were forced to drink toilet water and did not have access to hygienic necessities such as toothbrushes and soap. Fox News, "At least 18 detained in protests at Boston ICE facility," 3 July 2019 Though circumcision can be a healthy, hygienic choice in the long run, any medical procedure has its risks. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "What Is Circumcision? 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Male Circumcision, but Should," 20 June 2019 Foreign Relations Deputy Secretary Maximiliano Reyes told reporters Monday that that very day a plan to improve migration centers was beginning, including hygienic measures, security cameras and biometric controls for migrants. Washington Post, "Overcrowding, abuse seen at Mexico migrant detention center," 17 June 2019 But removing shoes, for most of us, most of the time, is an easy and hygienic thing to do. Liz Krieger, Good Housekeeping, "Shoes Are Banned In My House — But I Have One Very Important Exception," 12 June 2019 Most people will not want to spend $6,500 on the Numi from Kohler for their bathroom toilet, but there are serious benefits, including hyper-hygienic operation and savings on your water bill. 2. Fox News, "10 smart devices you never knew about before now," 12 Sep. 2018 An even more personal (and possibly less hygienic) item in the catalog is Tate's eye make-up. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sharon Tate's Iconic Babydoll Wedding Dress Is Going Up for Auction," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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