sanitation

noun
san·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌsa-nə-ˈtā-shən \

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 attributively a sanitation trucksanitation workers

Examples of sanitation in a Sentence

Diseases can spread from poor sanitation.

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And an inspector would not confront patrons if there had been any sanitation issues at the pool, a spokeswoman said. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A black woman was at the pool on vacation. A white man asked whether she showered before swimming.," 15 June 2018 An inspector wouldn't confront patrons if there had been any sanitation issues at the pool either, the spokeswoman said. Eli Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "A black woman was at a California pool on vacation. Then, a man insisted she shower before swimming.," 15 June 2018 Although Perfect said there hasn’t been a crime problem in Wellfield Park, there were safety and sanitation issues arising with trash, drug use and human waste. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Goats munch way through overgrown brush in creek," 24 Jan. 2018 Aldermen asked if the city would require sanitation inspections, but Voigt said the county health department already does those routinely for the trucks. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora may start regulating food trucks," 7 Mar. 2018 The ship would then go on to fail its sanitation inspection. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "More cruise ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any other year," 14 Feb. 2018 The city’s sanitation department spends half its $60m street-cleaning budget on the stuff. The Economist, "Can a new mayor fix San Francisco’s housing and homelessness problems?," 31 May 2018 Some of the transit zones where FARC members were required to live for a time still have no running water or sanitation. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Colombia after the Violence," 9 May 2018 Officials in some governorates — the Egyptian equivalent of states — pledged to prioritize towns with high turnouts for upgrades to services such as water and sanitation, according to news reports. Alexandra Zavis, latimes.com, "Egypt's President Sisi headed for landslide victory in election decried by critics as a farce," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sanitation

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sanitation

noun

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.

sanitation

noun
san·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌsa-nə-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of sanitation

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

sanitation

noun
san·​i·​ta·​tion | \ˌsan-ə-ˈtā-shən \

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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