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[hahy-jeen] /ˈhaɪ dʒin/
Also, hygienics. the science that deals with the preservation of health.
a condition or practice conducive to the preservation of health, as cleanliness.
Origin of hygiene
1590-1600; < French hygiène < New Latin hygieina < Greek hygieinḕ (téchnē) healthful (art), feminine of hygieinós healthful, equivalent to hygiḗ(s) healthy + -inos -ine1 Unabridged
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  • How would it do to appoint you, sir, to give us a few lectures in hygiene?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The hygiene of pregnancy, labor and its sequels, is of the highest importance.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • This is a duty which is necessary in the name of hygiene and morality.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The same principle is being applied to education in hygiene.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson
  • All these activities are under the direction of members of the staff of the Department of hygiene.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
British Dictionary definitions for hygiene


Also called hygienics. the science concerned with the maintenance of health
clean or healthy practices or thinking: personal hygiene
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin hygiēna, from Greek hugieinē, from hugiēs healthy
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Word Origin and History for hygiene

1670s, from French hygiène, ultimately from Greek hygieine techne "the healthful art," from hygies "healthy," literally "living well" (personified as the goddess Hygieia), from PIE *eyu-gwie-es- "having a vigorous life." The Greek adjective was used by Aristotle as a noun meaning "health."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hygiene in Medicine

hygiene hy·giene (hī'jēn')

  1. The science that deals with the promotion and preservation of health. Also called hygienics.

  2. The conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health, as those followed for personal hygiene.

hy·gien'ist (hī-jē'nĭst, hī'jē'-, hī-jěn'ĭst) n.
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