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[hahy-jee-en-ik, hahy-jen-, -jee-nik] /ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪk, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪk/
conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
of or relating to hygiene.
Also, hygienical [hahy-jee-en-i-kuh l, hahy-jen-, -jee-ni-kuh l] /ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪ kəl, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪ kəl/ (Show IPA).
Origin of hygienic
First recorded in 1825-35; hygiene + -ic
Related forms
hygienically, adverb
antihygienic, adjective
antihygienically, adverb
nonhygienic, adjective
unhygienic, adjective
unhygienically, adverb Unabridged
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  • The State concession of an unnatural vice cannot be hygienic.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • "I will put it on hygienic grounds," said Dill, smiling acutely.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • A crisis was at hand, and all depended on the hygienic regeneration of the city.

  • But from our standpoint it is their hygienic importance that is insisted upon.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • The moral aspect of this subject is even more grave than 419the hygienic.

    The Arena Various
British Dictionary definitions for hygienic


promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary
Derived Forms
hygienically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hygienic

1833, from French hygiénique, from hygiène; see hygiene. The earlier adjective was hygienal (1660s).

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hygienic in Medicine

hygienic hy·gi·en·ic (hī'jē-ěn'ĭk, hī-jěn'-, -jē'nĭk)

  1. Of or relating to hygiene.

  2. Tending to promote or preserve health.

  3. Sanitary.

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