hygiene

noun hy·giene \ ˈhī-ˌjēn also hī-ˈjēn \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of hygiene

1 :a science of the establishment and maintenance of health
2 :conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health
  • has poor personal hygiene
  • Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good oral hygiene.

hygienist

play \hī-ˈjē-nist, ˈhī-ˌjē-, hī-ˈje-\ noun

Examples of hygiene in a Sentence

  1. Poor sanitation and hygiene caused many of the soldiers to get sick.

  2. He has very poor personal hygiene.

  3. Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good dental hygiene.

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Origin and Etymology of hygiene

French hygiène & New Latin hygieina, from Greek, neuter plural of hygieinos healthful, from hygiēs healthy; akin to Sanskrit su well and to Latin vivus living — more at quick


HYGIENE Defined for English Language Learners

hygiene

noun

Definition of hygiene for English Language Learners

  • : the things that you do to keep yourself and your surroundings clean in order to maintain good health


HYGIENE Defined for Kids

hygiene

noun hy·giene \ ˈhī-ˌjēn \

Definition of hygiene for Students

1 :a science that deals with the bringing about and keeping up of good health
2 :conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) necessary for health
  • He has good personal hygiene.

Medical Dictionary

hygiene

noun hy·giene \ ˈhī-ˌjēn also hī-ˈ \

medical Definition of hygiene

1 :a science of the establishment and maintenance of health — see industrial hygiene, mental hygiene
2 :conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health


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