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[san-i-ter-ee] /ˈsæn ɪˌtɛr i/
of or relating to health or the conditions affecting health, especially with reference to cleanliness, precautions against disease, etc.
favorable to health; free from dirt, bacteria, etc.:
a sanitary washroom.
providing healthy cleanliness:
a sanitary wrapper on all sandwiches.
Origin of sanitary
1835-45; < Latin sānit(ās) health (see sanity) + -ary
Related forms
sanitarily, adverb
sanitariness, noun
presanitary, adjective
1, 2. clean, germ-free, unpolluted, antiseptic. Sanitary, hygienic agree in being concerned with health. Sanitary refers more especially to conditions affecting health or measures for guarding against infection or disease: to insure sanitary conditions in preparing food. Hygienic is applied to whatever concerns the care of the body and the promotion of health: to live in hygienic surroundings with plenty of fresh air. 2. healthy, salutary.
1, 2. unclean, unwholesome; unhealthy, polluted, septic. Unabridged
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/ˈsænɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
of or relating to health and measures for the protection of health
conducive to or promoting health; free from dirt, germs, etc; hygienic
Derived Forms
sanitarily, adverb
sanitariness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French sanitaire, from Latin sānitās health
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Word Origin and History for sanitarily



1823, "pertaining to health," from French sanitaire (1812), from Latin sanitas "health," from sanus "healthy; sane" (see sane). In reference to menstrual pads, first attested 1881 (in sanitary towel).

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sanitarily in Medicine

sanitary san·i·tar·y (sān'ĭ-těr'ē)

  1. Of or relating to health.

  2. Free from elements, such as filth or pathogens, that endanger health; hygienic.

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