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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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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."

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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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