[hahy-jee-nist, -jen-ist, hahy-jee-nist]


Also hy·ge·ist, hy·gie·ist [hahy-jee-ist] /ˈhaɪ dʒi ɪst/.

Origin of hygienist

First recorded in 1835–45; hygiene + -ist
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Historical Examples of hygienist

  • Each, however, is better than steak smothered in onions or potatoes fried in lard; any hygienist will tell you that.

  • But Aunt Plessington had made him a Haigite, which is one of the fiercer kinds of hygienist, just in the nick of time.


    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for hygienist


hygeist or hygieist (ˈhaɪdʒiːɪst)


a person skilled in the practice of hygieneSee also dental hygienist
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Word Origin and History for hygienist

1844, "an expert on cleanliness," from hygiene + -ist. Earlier was hygeist (1716). Dental sense is recorded by 1913.

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