[hahy-jee-en-ik, hahy-jen-, -jee-nik]
- conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
- of or relating to hygiene.
Also hy·gi·en·i·cal [hahy-jee-en-i-kuh l, hahy-jen-, -jee-ni-kuh l] /ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪ kəl, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪ kəl/.
Origin of hygienic
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1. See sanitary.
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Examples from the Web for unhygienic
The material cannot be cleaned, and as a collector of dust is most unhygienic.The Story of Silk
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The time had been when she would at once have denounced the room as overcrowded and unhygienic.Gray youth
Diphtheria is not directly caused by unhygienic surroundings.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
You—you don't think it will be unhygienic for him to sleep with me?Adventures of Bindle
Herbert George Jenkins
It is not ideal if it is unethical, unhygienic, or unæsthetic.Sex-education
Maurice Alpheus Bigelow
- not promoting health or cleanliness; unsanitary
- promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary
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Word Origin and History for unhygienic
1833, from French hygiénique, from hygiène; see hygiene. The earlier adjective was hygienal (1660s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to hygiene.
- Tending to promote or preserve health.
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