hy·​giene | \ ˈhī-ˌjēn How to pronounce hygiene (audio) also hī-ˈjēn \

Definition of hygiene

1 : a science of the establishment and maintenance of health
2 : conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health has poor personal hygiene Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good oral hygiene.

Other Words from hygiene

hygienist \ hī-​ˈjē-​nist How to pronounce hygiene (audio) , ˈhī-​ˌjē-​ , hī-​ˈje-​ How to pronounce hygiene (audio) \ noun

Examples of hygiene in a Sentence

Poor sanitation and hygiene caused many of the soldiers to get sick. He has very poor personal hygiene. Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good dental hygiene.
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Recent Examples on the Web Edmonds also recommends using touch-free credit card sensors rather than inserting the card, both for hygiene and identity-theft protection. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 Her famous threads have covered everything from male hygiene and lockdown 'hoe activities' to horror stories involving moving in with a significant other. Chanté Joseph, refinery29.com, 15 Nov. 2021 For every toothbrush Mable sells, the company donates a toothbrush to a child in the U.S. and teaches schools about personal hygiene and sustainability. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The site offered food, hygiene and 40 secure tent spots. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 Even the return of children to school hasn’t led to coronavirus surges in Los Angeles and Orange counties — a testament to the power of face masks, social distancing, hand hygiene and other measures to keep transmission under control. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Tyler and her colleagues also are spending more time during patient visits reviewing the benefits of vaccinations, mask-wearing, hand hygiene and social distancing, often working with translators. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, 26 Aug. 2021 The settlement outlines other hygiene and sanitation stipulations, including professional cleaning of the jail and providing soap at intake to those detained, then again every two weeks. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 According to the accounts of both Union and Confederate officers, soldiers were resistant to even what little information the time period could provide about hygiene and sanitary practices. Rachel Lance, Time, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of hygiene

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hygiene

French hygiène & New Latin hygieina, from Greek, neuter plural of hygieinos healthful, from hygiēs healthy; akin to Sanskrit su well and to Latin vivus living — more at quick entry 1

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“Hygiene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hygiene. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hygiene

: the things that you do to keep yourself and your surroundings clean in order to maintain good health


hy·​giene | \ ˈhī-ˌjēn How to pronounce hygiene (audio) \

Kids Definition of hygiene

1 : a science that deals with the bringing about and keeping up of good health
2 : conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) necessary for health He has good personal hygiene.


hy·​giene | \ ˈhī-ˌjēn also hī-ˈ \

Medical Definition of hygiene

1 : a science of the establishment and maintenance of health — see industrial hygiene, mental hygiene
2 : conditions or practices (as of cleanliness) conducive to health


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