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

Definition of unhygienic

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

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Recent Examples on the Web As mentioned, build-up of any kind can result in your dishes not being cleaned properly or lead to food residue, which can make your dishwasher smelly and unhygienic. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 8 Mar. 2021 As Ceri Gage, a curator at the Museum of Military Medicine in Aldershot, England, told the Biomedical Scientist in 2018, the cramped, unhygienic environment of the trenches promoted a range of infections. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Dec. 2020 In 2005, the Chinese government banned restaurants from serving food from the bodies of naked women, calling it unhygienic and a violation of common decency. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, 22 Oct. 2020 All said they were held in extremely unhygienic conditions. Paula Hancocks And Jake Kwon, CNN, 19 Oct. 2020 Researchers from Emory University found that Dominicans connected the outbreak to character flaws or unhygienic habits among immigrant Haitians, who faced structural problems including lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Science | AAAS, 16 Sep. 2020 Obhof said that with early science on how the virus survives on surfaces, cloth bags may be unhygienic. cleveland, 25 Aug. 2020 Many prisons across the country were unhygienic, inhumane. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Aug. 2020 On the second night of the Blitz, with the flimsy, unhygienic East End shelters overflowing, hundreds of people entered the Liverpool Street Station and refused to leave. Laurie Penny, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Unhygienic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhygienic. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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

Other Words from unhygienic

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

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