[ hahy-jee-en-ik, hahy-jen-, -jee-nik ]
/ ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪk, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪk /
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conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
of or relating to hygiene.
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Also hy·gi·en·i·cal [hahy-jee-en-i-kuhl, hahy-jen-, -jee-ni-kuhl] /ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪ kəl, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪ kəl/ .

Origin of hygienic

First recorded in 1825–35; hygiene + -ic

synonym study for hygienic

1. See sanitary.


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What does hygienic mean?

Hygienic is commonly used to mean clean and sanitary.

It can also mean promoting good health or related to or involving hygiene—a collection of practices to promote and preserve health, or a condition involving the use of such practices.

In the most popular sense, hygiene refers to habitual actions that help you stay physically healthy, such as washing your hands and brushing your teeth. This sense of the word is especially used in phrases like personal hygiene and good hygiene. Personal hygiene is closely associated with cleanliness.

Hygiene can also be applied to one’s mental well-being—mental hygiene is the practice of trying to maintain mental health through proactive behavior and treatment.

The word hygiene is also used to refer to the science that deals with preserving health—both of individuals and the general public. Another word for this is hygienics.

Example: Hygienic practices like washing your hands are the easiest ways to avoid illness.

Where does hygienic come from?

The first records of the word hygienic come from around 1830. Its base word, hygiene, ultimately comes from the Greek hygiḗ(s), meaning “healthy.” The suffix -ic is used to form adjectives.

Describing a practice as hygienic typically means it promotes cleanliness, health, or both. Physical hygiene begins with cleanliness, and mental hygiene can also be thought of the range of methods for keeping your mind clean. Hygiene is often used in phrases like hygiene routine or hygiene regimen, both of which refer to the fact that hygienic practices work best when they’re done regularly.

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What are some other forms related to hygienic?

  • hygienically (adverb)
  • hygienical (adjective)
  • hygiene (noun)

What are some synonyms for hygienic?

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How is hygienic used in real life?

Hygienic is commonly used in the context of personal hygiene.



Try using hygienic!

Which of the following actions could be considered hygienic?

A. brushing your teeth
B. washing your hands
C. practicing mindfulness
D. all of the above

How to use hygienic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hygienic

/ (haɪˈdʒiːnɪk) /

promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary

Derived forms of hygienic

hygienically, adverb
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Medical definitions for hygienic

[ hī-jĕnĭk, -jēnĭk ]

Of or relating to hygiene.
Tending to promote or preserve health.
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