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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Other Words from sanitary

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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Here are the best items for doing just that: Microfiber cloths: The EPA recommends these, washed daily, as a more sanitary alternative to cleaning items like cotton rags. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These Are the Dirtiest Things in Your Home (Which You Should Clean Immediately)," 21 Dec. 2018 The Arizona Republic reports that the claim filed Tuesday contends that Eloy had a duty to maintain safe and sanitary conditions at the facility in Dilley, Texas. Fox News, "Claim involves death of child after stay in detention center," 30 Aug. 2018 The grommets are rust-proof and the fabric is machine-washable, so everything stays fresh and sanitary. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 15 Best Shower Organizers You Can Get Online Right Now," 5 Aug. 2018 The feasibility report for New Bremen by the village’s TIF consultant, Ehlers & Associates, points out that the area is in need of sanitary sewer and storm sewer upgrades. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "New TIF district for downtown Tinley Park," 21 May 2018 The basin would have captured sanitary storm water that overflowed from Rack 3 during heavy rains, to allow its release into the city's treatment system slowly and without overloading the system. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Green infrastructure in East Akron sewer work could save city $10 million," 15 Mar. 2018 Raickman said the Libyan coast guard has given international organizations access to the migrants, who have food and some degree of medical care now, but no toilets or other sanitary facilities. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya," 14 Nov. 2018 Never put raw meat on your wooden cutting boards for sanitary reasons. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 7 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Wedding Registry," 16 Oct. 2018 The Village Board also annexed eight acres to accommodate a new sanitary sewer line along Fiddyment Creek to serve the area between 159th and 151st streets and Cedar and Gougar roads. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 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

sanitarily \ ˌsan-​ə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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