un·​hy·​gien·​ic | \ˌən-ˌhī-ˈjē-nik, -ˈje- also -jē-ˈe-nik\

Definition of unhygienic 

: not having or showing good hygiene : not hygienic : unsanitary squalid, unhygienic conditions

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At the lunch, Meghan learned about my work, including that 50 percent of women in India were using unhygienic methods, like old rags and leaves, to manage their cycles. Suhani Jalota, Glamour, "The Meghan Markle I Know," 18 May 2018 Out of shame, many women use traditional rags and wash and dry them discreetly, storing them in damp and unhygienic conditions. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Life stands still for many women and girls in India during their period," 28 May 2018 In some ways, the team found that life centuries ago was unhygienic as might be imagined. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "DNA from Ancient Latrines Reveal What People Ate Centuries Ago," 4 May 2018 Holly Largy from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Langley confirmed the unhygienic incident to the Abby News. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "A Canadian woman really needed to use the bathroom. Then she got angry, cops say. | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 Some worry that drinking out of a glass at a bar without a straw is unhygienic, but given that glassware is put through superhot dishwashers, this isn’t much of an argument. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Could It Be the Last Straw for Plastic Straws?," 13 Apr. 2018 This week, Houston health inspectors found lots of roaches in several restaurants and caught an employee at a popular brewery restaurant doing an unhygienic thing. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Inspectors call out Karbach restaurant employee for unhygienic practice while handling food," 11 Apr. 2018 Lynne Simnick, senior director of code development for IAPMO, explained to Slate that the code’s original intent was to allow ladies to wipe without coming in contact with a potentially unhygienic seat. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Lady-Friendly Reason Toilet Seats in Public Bathrooms Are U-Shaped," 28 Mar. 2018 Myriad factors have contributed to this stigma over the years, with people unjustly viewed as unhygienic or even immoral for contracting herpes, and negative references in movies, television, and drug advertising have worsened this problem. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Breaking Down the Differences Between Oral and Genital Herpes, aka HSV-1 and HSV-2," 17 Mar. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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un·​hy·​gi·​en·​ic | \ˌən-ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik, -ˈjen-, -ˈjēn- \

Medical Definition of unhygienic 

: not healthful or sanitary unhygienic conditions unhygienic habits

Other Words from unhygienic

unhygienically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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