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

Definition of hygienic

1a : of or relating to hygiene
b : having or showing good hygiene hygienic conditions
2a : antiseptic sense 2c sweetly hygienic production … comic in an entirely innocuous way— J. W. Aldridge
b : antiseptic sense 3 a hygienic view of national realities and moral imperatives— I. L. Horowitz

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Other Words from hygienic

hygienically \ ˌhī-​ˈjē-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , -​ˈje-​ also  -​jē-​ˈe-​ni-​ How to pronounce hygienic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hygienic in a Sentence

For hygienic reasons, restaurants should wash silverware and drinking glasses more than once. The hygienic conditions of the operating room are maintained by the nursing staff. The prisoners' living quarters were not hygienic.
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Recent Examples on the Web The very notion of civilized and hygienic public life, in fact, relies on all this staying private. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 The first 1,500 people who arrive between noon and 3 p.m. and donate deodorant, shampoo, body wash and other hygienic supplies (with a minimum value of $10) will receive free general admission on Sept. 10. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2021 Armed with hygienic silicone touchpoints in three sizes, Foreo's Luna Mini 2 pulses 8,000 times per minute to get into every nook and cranny of your skin to deeply cleanse it of dirt, oil, and makeup. Sarah Han, Allure, 28 June 2021 At that pre-mask moment, the official hygienic guidance concerning the coronavirus was all about hand washing, and the promoters appeared to have bought out the soap section of an entire bodega. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 24 June 2021 Drug users would have access to hygienic injecting equipment and may form relationships with employees who can steer them to health care, including addiction treatment. BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2021 Many business leaders have known for years that a safe and hygienic work environment increases employee satisfaction and productivity, not only by helping to ward off illnesses, but also by making people feel more comfortable and less worried. Benny Buller For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 30 July 2021 Of course, building owners will also have to lean into more hygienic amenities and meticulously planned in-person tours as well. Brosnan C. Hoban, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 The dropper allows for an easy and hygienic application: simply squeeze one drop onto each nail and then massage it in. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hygienic

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hygienic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hygienic. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for hygienic


hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌhī-jē-ˈe-nik How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , hī-ˈje-nik \

Kids Definition of hygienic

: of, relating to, or leading toward health or hygiene hygienic conditions


hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , hī-ˈjen- How to pronounce hygienic (audio) , hī-ˈjēn- How to pronounce hygienic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hygienic

: of, relating to, or conducive to health or hygiene

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

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