sanitation

noun

san·​i·​ta·​tion ˌsa-nə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sanitation (audio)
1
: the act or process of making sanitary
2
: the promotion of hygiene and prevention of disease by maintenance of sanitary conditions (as by removal of sewage and trash)
often used attributively
a sanitation trucksanitation workers

Example Sentences

Diseases can spread from poor sanitation.
Recent Examples on the Web The company, Packer Sanitation Services, is described by the Labor Department as one of America’s leading providers of food safety sanitation. Chris Isidore, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 One of the country’s largest providers of food safety sanitation illegally employed dozens of children at several Midwestern meatpacking facilities, the Labor Department says. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 Poor waste management, lack of sanitation, and irrigation all create opportunities for the insects to thrive. Monika Mondal, WIRED, 15 Oct. 2022 Featured were the city’s police and fire departments as well as Port Authority Police and departments of sanitation and correction. Chron, 11 Sep. 2022 The Sutro baths at San Francisco may be larger, but there are features of Mr. Babcock’s baths which excel them in scientific arrangement of sanitation, as well as convenience. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 The organization also provides a nine-month program to villages with in-depth training and education on the necessities of sanitation and hygiene. Joe Noga, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Adams has pledged to solve the city’s sanitation issues and said in June that part of the more than $100 billion budget this year will be allocated to clean up public spaces. Christian Richey, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2022 In Haiti, violent tensions following last year’s presidential assassination have led to a collapse of essential services including garbage disposal and sanitation issues. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sanitation was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Sanitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanitation. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

sanitation

noun

san·​i·​ta·​tion ˌsan-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sanitation (audio)
1
: the act or process of making sanitary
2
: the promotion of community hygiene and disease prevention especially by keeping up sewage systems, by collecting and disposing of trash and garbage, and by cleaning streets

Medical Definition

sanitation

noun

san·​i·​ta·​tion ˌsan-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sanitation (audio)
1
: the act or process of making sanitary
2
: the promotion of hygiene and prevention of disease by maintenance of sanitary conditions
mouth sanitation

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