sanitary

adjective san·i·tary \ ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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

sanitarily

play \ˌsa-nə-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of sanitary in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of sanitary

French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas

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SANITARY Defined for English Language Learners

sanitary

adjective

Definition of sanitary for English Language Learners

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

  • : free from dirt, infection, disease, etc.


SANITARY Defined for Kids

sanitary

adjective san·i·tary \ ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē \

Definition of sanitary for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

sanitary

adjective 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

sanitarily

play \ˌsan-ə-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb


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