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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Good sanitation practices are key to helping control garden diseases such as anthracnose. Tim Johnson,, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 Many people who cross the border already need treatment for disease (like chickenpox, tuberculosis, or scabies), and sanitation is a big problem. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Detained immigrant comes down with chickenpox days after prison staff said there weren’t enough doctors," 20 June 2018 Much of the transmission in this outbreak is thought to be person-to-person through injection drug use and from generally poor sanitation, according to the CDC. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 In addition to good sanitation practices, a regimen of rodent proofing is recommended. Michael Harrelson,, "Keep it clean to spare citrus from rats," 12 Apr. 2018 The structure in the sanitation yard was built decades ago to vent hydrogen sulfide gas from the sewer pipes and introduce fresh air into the pipes, said Adel Hagekhalil, assistant director of the Bureau of Sanitation. Laura J. Nelson,, "13-year-old boy found 'alert and talking' after falling into Griffith Park drainage pipe," 2 Apr. 2018 Once per day, sanitation workers also roll garbage bins through to collect any extra waste., "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 The city’s homeless packed up their few belongings as sanitation workers cleaned and power washed what had been a heroin encampment only moments before. Washington Post, "City closes encampments filled by people addicted to heroin," 30 May 2018 Police, sanitation workers, council deputies, even a neighborhood prosecutor have attended meetings, listened, expressed sympathy and done whatever was in their power to help. Doug Smith,, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of sanitation

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of sanitation

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


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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