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 Silicone scrubbers are a hygienic, non-abrasive way to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "46 beauty products you should honestly just gift yourself," 24 Nov. 2020 In the late 19th century, the nascent natural gas industry began marketing their product to homeowners as a cleaner, more hygienic alternative to coal and wood. Jonathan Mingle, Quartz, "Why experts are sounding the alarm about the hidden dangers of gas stoves," 4 Dec. 2020 Donations go toward hygienic supplies, food, medical supplies, and phone and video calls with loved ones. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "The Best Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season," 1 Dec. 2020 Reformers set about mandating windows in every bedroom, more hygienic air shafts, fire escapes, and minimum lot sizes for tenements so that landlords could not squeeze new buildings into squalid backyards. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Future of Staying Home," 3 Dec. 2020 DSPs are almost invariably skilled, dedicated individuals who deal with personal, hygienic and behavioral issues that would send most of us running. cleveland, "Pandemic presents challenges for organizations caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities," 15 Nov. 2020 Instead, a nail technician will brush the powder onto your nails to keep things hygienic between customers. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "Dip Powder Nails: All About the Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels," 16 Oct. 2020 Even the most meticulously hygienic workplace can’t be insulated against asymptomatic carriers of the virus, or the occasional unruly customer. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Uncertain Promises of Indoor Dining in New York City," 12 Oct. 2020 The crucial issue of who is in charge has a respectable, hygienic pragmatism. Laurence Scott, Wired, "My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked," 3 Oct. 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 20 Jan. 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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