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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Also needed are household cleaning products, detergent, dishwashing liquid, toilet paper, paper towels, bar soap, deodorant, sanitary products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers and wipes. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Bethany House needs donations for influx of homeless," 15 June 2018 For many women and girls in India, even talking about periods is taboo, and a lack of access to sanitary products means life comes to a standstill for a few days every month. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Life stands still for many women and girls in India during their period," 28 May 2018 In the makeup department, a smorgasbord of candy-color lipsticks are cut into bite-size pieces and separated into their own sanitary cubes so no guest has to share twist-up tubes. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Chanel’s New Beauty Atelier Is Made for Experimentation (and Perfect Instagrams)," 25 Jan. 2019 Police all around Indonesia have arrested multiple teens caught using the sanitary devices in order to get high, according to Straits Times. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Teens are Reportedly Boiling Used Tampons to Get High," 9 Jan. 2019 More than a quarter of Chinese families still lack a sanitary toilet in their homes, according to official figures, and only about 60 percent of Chinese rural households have toilets that treat human waste. Sui-lee Wee, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates encourages the world to build a better toilet," 6 Nov. 2018 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

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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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