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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Last year, following a public outcry, the department promised to change its policy on the minimum number of sanitary pads inmates receive each month. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona prisons have a history of women giving birth in their cells," 4 June 2019 The storm sewer is separate from the sanitary sewer, which takes water from sinks and toilets to treatment plants. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Houston leaders ask residents to Adopt A Drain to keep storm waters flowing," 19 Apr. 2018 Coder’s mission is to make sanitary products a basic right for people with periods just like toilet paper is. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Why Does It Seem Like I Always Get My Period While Traveling?," 8 Apr. 2019 Certain toilet papers, and sanitary products, especially perfumed ones. Lily Puckett, Teen Vogue, "7 Reasons Why Your Vagina Is Itchy," 28 Mar. 2019 Other charities fans gave to include Sentebale, the organization Prince Harry set up to aid children with HIV, and Myna Mahila Foundation, which provides sanitary pads and education on menstrual hygiene to women in India. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Thank Fans for Donating to Charities in Their Honor Ahead of Their Baby's Arrival," 5 Apr. 2019 The agency said new regulations that include farm inspections and sanitary rules for workers also should help stem outbreaks. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Emails show FDA worry after romaine outbreaks," 29 Mar. 2019 On Thursday, Mexican officials began moving people to a new shelter—a disused concert hall—in a bid to improve sanitary and security conditions. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Get in Line, Long-Suffering Asylum Seekers Tell Caravan Arrivees," 30 Nov. 2018 The City of Revere cited management for 160 sanitary and fire code violations and asked a court to appoint an outside manager to go in and clean the place up. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Apartment management won’t return security deposit? That’s just one problem at this Revere complex," 11 June 2018

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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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