un·​san·​i·​tary | \ ˌən-ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unsanitary (audio) \

Definition of unsanitary

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

Examples of unsanitary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who test positive for COVID-19 are forced into temporary quarantine facilities that have been criticized by some as crowded and unsanitary. Julia Musto, Fox News, 13 Apr. 2022 People who test positive for the virus are forced into sprawling temporary quarantine facilities criticized by some as crowded and unsanitary. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Public criticism over the curbs, part of Beijing’s elimination strategy, has ranged from complaints over crowded and unsanitary quarantine centers to difficulties in buying food or accessing medical treatment. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2022 And because these schools were underfunded, crowded, and often unsanitary, thousands of students died of disease. The Week Staff, The Week, 23 Aug. 2021 In October, a whistleblower submitted a report to the FDA about unsanitary conditions and potential contamination at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Mich. plant. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 25 May 2022 Much of the shortage stems from the shutdown of a major production facility in Sturgis, Mich., resulting from concerns about unsanitary conditions and four infants becoming sick or dying after consuming the company’s formula. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 When a whistleblower sent a 34-page report to the Food and Drug Administration in October alleging a host of unsanitary conditions at an Abbott infant formula factory, the top official in charge of food safety didn’t see it. Kimberly Kindy And Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2022 Most are sleeping on the floor, and conditions are unsanitary, the officer said. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsanitary

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsanitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsanitary. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce unsanitary (audio) \

Medical Definition of unsanitary

: not sanitary : insanitary unsanitary conditions

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