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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This means that tenants are looking for hygienic safety measures, especially in commercial spaces with frequent traffic. Brosnan C. Hoban, Forbes, "Three Ways Covid-19 Has Changed Commercial Real Estate Forever," 5 Apr. 2021 During an experiment conducted by psychologist Michael Novikov in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, five-man crews were isolated in a 50-square-meter room for five to 12 days under very basic hygienic conditions. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 Keep in mind that due to hygienic reasons, mask purchases are final sale and cannot be returned. Keep scrolling for 14 stores that are currently offering great deals on top-selling face coverings. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "14 best-selling face masks to buy on sale right now," 15 Jan. 2021 The robot vacuum can be set to clean floors daily, meaning floors are likely to be cleaner and more hygienic than if vacuumed manually. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "What are robotic vacuums best for?," 28 Mar. 2021 In a world more hygienic than ever due to COVID-19, this update is much welcomed in my book. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Laura Mercier's New Secret Camouflage Stick Is the 2021 Version of an Iconic Concealer," 26 Mar. 2021 Luckily, there is a more hygienic alternative to manual units: touchless kitchen faucets. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 8 Best Touchless Kitchen Faucets for Germ-Free Cleanup," 19 Mar. 2021 The company says it’s cut down on training time and has made the checkout process more hygienic. James Somers, The New Yorker, "The Pastry A.I. That Learned to Fight Cancer," 18 Mar. 2021 Clean once weekly with warm water and gentle soap cleanser for the most hygienic results. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "This $16 Foundation Brush Has Shoppers Getting Rid of Their Bacteria-Ridden Makeup Sponges For Good," 18 Mar. 2021

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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 10 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from hygienic

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

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