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 2c sweetly hygienic production … comic in an entirely innocuous way— J. W. Aldridge
b : antiseptic sense 3 a hygienic view of national realities and moral imperatives— I. L. Horowitz

Other Words from hygienic

hygienically \ ˌhī-​ˈjē-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , -​ˈje-​ also  -​jē-​ˈe-​ni-​ How to pronounce hygienic (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Then there’s the cousin whose hygienic standards are overwhelmingly sub-par. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 Test takers only need a single-use hygienic straw for sample submission. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 15 Apr. 2022 The judge wrote that this power was limited to things like cleaning property — not requiring people to take hygienic steps. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 The starched, hygienic blandness of a tiny hotel room may be fine for sleeping, but it’s not so good for napping. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 While safe, hygienic scarring practice and appropriate aftercare can prevent infection, Dr. Kim encourages understanding your personal and family medical history before pursuing scarification. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 30 Mar. 2022 Baranova27 has been collecting donations of clothing, medical supplies, and hygienic equipment to ship to refugees in Europe, and fundraising via their GoFundMe page. Christian Holub, EW.com, 21 Mar. 2022 Health & Fitness – This largely nonporous material keeps germs from penetrating into a countertop surface, keeping kitchen work tops more hygienic. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Just think, saccharin may have never been happened upon if Fahlberg was of a more hygienic disposition. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 7 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hygienic

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for hygienic


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

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

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