san·i·tary | \ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē \

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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sanitarily \ˌsa-nə-ˈter-ə-lē \ 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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And this is way more sanitary and professional than before. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Roaring Brook Nature Center Completes Renovation, Expansion," 9 May 2018 The bond will be paid with money collected from the current stormwater fee with some money from the city's sanitary district. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Hobart board OKs $15.5 million funding plan for projects," 23 May 2018 Female inmates still struggle to get adequate sanitary hygiene products, Burton said. Gale Holland,, "Ex-inmate Susan Burton goes back to prison to lead out women she left behind," 26 May 2018 Officials wanted to do the inspection after sanitary sewers overseen by the village collapsed, requiring costly emergency repairs, Brown said. Phil Rockrohr,, "'High priority project' to repair sewer lines throughout Lake Zurich starting soon," 12 July 2018 However, for sanitary and safety reasons there are several items to avoid buying secondhand. Melissa Reinert,, "Yard sale shopper: Prepare and beware," 5 July 2018 Browse the slideshow above to see which service station brands will give you a sanitary pit stop in your home state or wherever you're headed this summer. USA TODAY, "The cleanest gas station restroom in every state, 2018 edition," 28 June 2018 In addition to highlighting the contents of a typical 17th-century Danish diet, the latrines reveal the poor sanitary conditions of the period—roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm eggs were all present in the deposits. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 The law gives pregnant inmates the right to receive counseling, medical care, and appropriate clothing and sanitary materials. Ruth Bruno,, "Seven New State Laws That Took Effect July 1," 3 July 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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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.


san·i·tary | \ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē \

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


san·i·tary | \ˈsan-ə-ˌter-ē \

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

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