sanitary

adjective
san·​i·​tary | \ ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \

Definition of sanitary

1 : of or relating to health sanitary measures
2 : of, relating to, or used in the disposal especially of domestic waterborne waste a sanitary sewer system
3 : characterized by or readily kept in cleanliness sanitary packages

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Other Words from sanitary

sanitarily \ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce sanitarily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sanitary in a Sentence

the nurse made sure that everything in the room was sanitary so that the baby wouldn't get sick

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No biological material was held in the sanitary inspection room where the explosion occurred, and no structural damage was caused to the concrete laboratory building, the center added. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Gas Explosion at Russian Lab That Holds Ebola and Smallpox Samples," 17 Sep. 2019 The blast occurred Monday during repair work of a sanitary inspection room at the Russian State Centre for Research on Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector, near the Russian city of Novosibirsk in Siberia, the center said in a statement. Helen Regan, CNN, "Explosion and fire break out at Russian lab known for housing deadly smallpox virus," 17 Sep. 2019 The city is also providing a $48,102 grant to pay for the costs of a sanitary sewer extension. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Akron, Summit County partner to bring Smithers headquarters to downtown," 16 Sep. 2019 Tony Corbo of Food and Water Watch said the rinses could be used to mask broader sanitary problems. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 9 Sep. 2019 The city is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 54 miles of city streets, 10 parks, and 161 miles of water distribution and sanitary sewer collection. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Westminster had electricity, and a yellow light, in 1964 but much has changed since," 7 Sep. 2019 Although plastic applicators are recyclable, they are usually not accepted for sanitary reasons. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How tampons and pads became so unsustainable," 6 Sep. 2019 The first step for a winery or vineyard is instituting a program of best sanitary practices to prevent visitors from transporting phylloxera via the dirt on their shoes and vehicles. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Walla Walla vineyards face threat of phylloxera, insect that ruins grapevine production," 4 Sep. 2019 The widows’ conditions became so dire that India’s Supreme Court took notice of their plight in 2012, ruling that the government must provide them food, medical care and a sanitary place to live. New York Times, "India’s Widows, Abused at Home, Have Sought Refuge in This Holy City for Centuries," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sanitary

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanitary

French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas

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sanitary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sanitary

: of or relating to good health or protection from dirt, infection, disease, etc.
: free from dirt, infection, disease, etc.

sanitary

adjective
san·​i·​tary | \ ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \

Kids Definition of sanitary

1 : relating to health or hygiene poor sanitary conditions
2 : free from filth, infection, or other dangers to health sanitary hands

sanitary

adjective
san·​i·​tary | \ ˈsan-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \

Medical Definition of sanitary

1 : of or relating to health sanitary measures
2 : of, relating to, or used in the disposal especially of domestic waterborne waste sanitary sewage
3 : characterized by or readily kept in cleanliness sanitary food handling

Other Words from sanitary

sanitarily \ ˌsan-​ə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce sanitarily (audio) \ adverb

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