san·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌsa-nə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sanitation (audio) \

Definition of sanitation

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 attributivelya sanitation trucksanitation workers

Examples of sanitation in a Sentence

Diseases can spread from poor sanitation.
Recent Examples on the Web Now, reservation systems are already in place, thermometers are purchased, sanitation stations are installed, and equipment is spaced. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indoor businesses reopen across the county, but some say new rules too restrictive," 31 Aug. 2020 As stores rushed to hang new signage and adapt to sanitation and capacity restrictions, customers started getting the word. Rusty Simmons,, "Hopeful Bay Area shoppers descend on newly reopened indoor malls, hair salons," 31 Aug. 2020 Once again, the industry is being asked to establish a new normal for fans that includes masks, sanitation stations, contactless entry and more. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Nashville Venues Encourage Fans to #MaskNowPartyLater to Speed Concerts' Return," 19 Aug. 2020 Customers can also use new sanitation stations positioned throughout the food hall. Adam Lukach,, "Time Out Market Chicago re-opens next week for first time since March," 19 Aug. 2020 Hand sanitation stations were installed throughout the stadium, the team said. Amir Vera And David Close, CNN, "Kansas City Chiefs will host their NFL season opener with fans in the stands," 17 Aug. 2020 Mayor Mark Carstensen also told CNN that the city will be setting up sanitation stations and providing masks. Maria Pasquini,, "Over 250,000 Expected to Attend South Dakota Motorcycle Rally Despite Fears of Coronavirus Outbreak," 8 Aug. 2020 Mayor Mark Carstensen on Thursday told CNN the city is setting up sanitation stations and giving out masks, although they aren't mandated. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "No masks required as 250,000 expected at 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Here's what to know.," 7 Aug. 2020 The dining room will have sanitation stations, and employees will have daily temperature checks. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Open 1 week, closed 5 months. Egg & Flour Pasta Bar in Bay View is ready to open again.," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sanitation

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Sep 2020

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“Sanitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sanitation

: the process of keeping places free from dirt, infection, disease, etc., by removing waste, trash and garbage, by cleaning streets, etc.


san·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌsa-nə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce sanitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of sanitation

: the act or process of making or keeping things free from filth, infection, or other dangers to health


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Medical Definition of sanitation

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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