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[san-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌsæn ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
the development and application of sanitary measures for the sake of cleanliness, protecting health, etc.
the disposal of sewage and solid waste.
Origin of sanitation
First recorded in 1840-50; sanit(ary) + -ation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • sanitation is ever the last thing thought of by French authorities.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • sanitation, not the word, but the underlying idea, was taught by precept and example.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • This commonly held belief is based on statistics of longevity and sanitation.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Drastic improvements in housing, feeding, and sanitation in the towns themselves.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • The Board of Health is very active in the sanitation of Manila.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for sanitation


the study and use of practical measures for the preservation of public health
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sanitation

1848, irregularly formed from sanitary. Figurative use from 1934. As a euphemism for garbage (e.g. sanitation engineer) first recorded 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sanitation in Medicine

sanitation san·i·ta·tion (sān'ĭ-tā'shən)

  1. Formulation and application of measures designed to protect public health.

  2. Disposal of sewage.

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