un·​san·​i·​tary | \ˌən-ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē \

Definition of unsanitary 

: unclean enough to endanger health : not sanitary unsanitary conditions unsanitary habits/practices

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Inspections also turned up an unsanitary embalming room. Fox News, "Detroit funeral home's license suspended after violations," 25 Apr. 2018 Jails and detention centers are unsafe and unsanitary and offer little or no food. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Sham Election," 20 May 2018 Sandwich King was closed for nearly a month for a rodent and insect infestation, as well as unsanitary conditions. Todd Stewart, baltimoresun.com, "Lexington Market: Health Department closures since 2012," 13 July 2018 Zara’s Sweatshop Conditions A raid of a company contractor in São Paulo found immigrants working in cramped, unsanitary conditions for long hours. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "Melania Trump's Jacket Is Just the Controversial Clothing by Zara. Here's a Timeline of the Rest," 22 June 2018 In 2014, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general released a report on the unsanitary conditions, noting that two Homeland Security workers had ended up contacting chickenpox and spreading it to their children. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Detained immigrant comes down with chickenpox days after prison staff said there weren’t enough doctors," 20 June 2018 Read more: In July 2017, the funeral home was shut by state inspectors for a litany of unsanitary conditions, including: Maggots on the floor of the facility's garage and garage door. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Owner of Michigan funeral home with rotting bodies faces felony counts," 11 June 2018 Many Civil War soldiers suffered from gunshot and cannonball wounds that were quickly treated in crowded and unsanitary battlefield hospitals, which promoted infections. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors," 8 June 2018 County and state inspectors arrived and found rooms that were unsanitary and poorly heated, and walls and hallways full of holes. Washington Post, "Mice in the couches, mold on the walls: Years of problems at this government-funded shelter for abused women.," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unsanitary

1872, in the meaning defined above

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un·​san·​i·​tary | \ˌən-ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē\

Kids Definition of unsanitary

: likely to cause sickness or disease : dirty or full of germs


un·​san·​i·​tary | \-ˈsan-ə-ˌter-ē \

Medical Definition of unsanitary 

: not sanitary : insanitary unsanitary conditions

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