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hygienist

[hahy-jee-nist, -jen-ist, hahy-jee-nist]
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noun
  1. an expert in hygiene.
  2. dental hygienist.
Also hy·ge·ist, hy·gie·ist [hahy-jee-ist] /ˈhaɪ dʒi ɪst/.

Origin of hygienist

First recorded in 1835–45; hygiene + -ist
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  • Each, however, is better than steak smothered in onions or potatoes fried in lard; any hygienist will tell you that.

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    Francis Miltoun

  • But Aunt Plessington had made him a Haigite, which is one of the fiercer kinds of hygienist, just in the nick of time.

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    H. G. Wells


British Dictionary definitions for hygienist

hygienist

hygeist or hygieist (ˈhaɪdʒiːɪst)

noun
  1. a person skilled in the practice of hygieneSee also dental hygienist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hygienist

n.

1844, "an expert on cleanliness," from hygiene + -ist. Earlier was hygeist (1716). Dental sense is recorded by 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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