[ san-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsæn ɪˌtɛr i /
of or relating to health or the conditions affecting health, especially with reference to cleanliness, precautions against disease, etc.
favorable to health; free from dirt, bacteria, etc.: a sanitary washroom.
providing healthy cleanliness: a sanitary wrapper on all sandwiches.
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SYNONYMS FOR sanitary
1, 2 clean, germ-free, unpolluted, antiseptic. Sanitary, hygienic agree in being concerned with health. Sanitary refers more especially to conditions affecting health or measures for guarding against infection or disease: to insure sanitary conditions in preparing food. Hygienic is applied to whatever concerns the care of the body and the promotion of health: to live in hygienic surroundings with plenty of fresh air.
2 healthy, salutary.
OTHER WORDS FROM sanitarysan·i·tar·i·ly, adverbsan·i·tar·i·ness, nounpre·san·i·tar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sanitariness
/ (ˈsænɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /
of or relating to health and measures for the protection of health
conducive to or promoting health; free from dirt, germs, etc; hygienic
Derived forms of sanitarysanitarily, adverbsanitariness, noun
Word Origin for sanitary
C19: from French sanitaire, from Latin sānitās health
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Medical definitions for sanitariness
[ săn′ĭ-tĕr′ē ]
Of or relating to health.
Free from elements, such as filth or pathogens, that endanger health; hygienic.
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