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[hahy-jee-en-ik, hahy-jen-, -jee-nik]
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  1. conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
  2. of or relating to hygiene.
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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

First recorded in 1825–35; hygiene + -ic
Related formshy·gi·en·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·hy·gi·en·ic, adjectivean·ti·hy·gi·en·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·hy·gi·en·ic, adjectiveun·hy·gi·en·ic, adjectiveun·hy·gi·en·i·cal·ly, adverb


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1. See sanitary.
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Historical Examples

  • The State concession of an unnatural vice cannot be hygienic.

  • "I will put it on hygienic grounds," said Dill, smiling acutely.


    Charles James Lever

  • A crisis was at hand, and all depended on the hygienic regeneration of the city.

  • But from our standpoint it is their hygienic importance that is insisted upon.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • The moral aspect of this subject is even more grave than 419the hygienic.

    The Arena


British Dictionary definitions for hygienic


  1. promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary
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Derived Formshygienically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hygienic


1833, from French hygiénique, from hygiène; see hygiene. The earlier adjective was hygienal (1660s).

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hygienic in Medicine


(hī-jĕnĭk, -jēnĭk)
  1. Of or relating to hygiene.
  2. Tending to promote or preserve health.
  3. Sanitary.
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