un·​hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌhī-ˈjē-nik How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) , -ˈje- also -jē-ˈe-nik \

Definition of unhygienic

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

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Recent Examples on the Web In several instances, coronaviruses have jumped from animal species to humans, which can occur when wild animals and people are in close, unhygienic conditions. Ars Technica, "Here’s the latest on the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan," 28 Jan. 2020 The current refugee camps near the beach town of Cox’s Bazar are overcrowded and unhygienic. Time, "Bangladesh Says Regularly Submerged Silt Island Now Ready for Rohingya," 17 Jan. 2020 The report reveals that the trade also presents biosecurity risks, with unhygienic practices encouraging the spread of diseases such as anthrax, tetanus and equine flu. Jack Guy, CNN, "Donkey population decimated by Chinese medicine demand," 21 Nov. 2019 Dib's younger sister Gaz relentlessly calls her brother out for his unhealthy obsession (which has turned him into an unhygienic blob, wedged into his office chair). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus," 16 Aug. 2019 They were however moved to a hospital on a boat to the nearby Jhargaon town because of unhygienic conditions due to floodwaters, Community health worker Parag Jyoti Das said. Washington Post, "Lightning storm kills 20 in eastern India," 24 July 2019 Most Bangladeshi refugee camps are overcrowded and, as a result, unhygienic. Rubayat Jesmin, The Conversation, "Without school, a ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya refugee children face uncertain future," 24 July 2019 The review suggests that the source of infection in neonatal sepsis is likely to be unhygienic practices in labour rooms and neonatal intensive care units rather than vertical transmission from mothers, as commonly believed. Ranjit Devraj, Quartz India, "Superbugs have returned to haunt India’s hospitals," 23 July 2019 The decline of the stepwell began with the British raj, which insisted baolis were unhygienic havens of vermin and disease. The Economist, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of unhygienic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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4 Feb 2020

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“Unhygienic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhygienic. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unhygienic

: not clean and therefore likely to make you sick : not hygienic


un·​hy·​gi·​en·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik, -ˈjen-, -ˈjēn- How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) \

Medical Definition of unhygienic

: not healthful or sanitary unhygienic conditions unhygienic habits

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unhygienically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unhygienically (audio) \ adverb

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