[ hahy-jee-uh ]

  1. Classical Mythology. the ancient Greek goddess of health.

  2. Astronomy. the fourth largest asteroid in our solar system, discovered in 1849 and located in the asteroid belt. : See also Ceres (def. 2), Pallas (def. 2), Vesta (def. 2).

Origin of Hygieia

First recorded in 1700–10; from Greek Hygíeiā, the goddess of health, personification of hygíeiā “health, soundness of body,” equivalent to hygiḗ(s) “healthy, sound” + -ia noun suffix; see -ia

Other words from Hygieia

  • Hy·gie·ian, adjective

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