[ san-i-ter-ee ]
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  1. of or relating to health or the conditions affecting health, especially with reference to cleanliness, precautions against disease, etc.

  2. favorable to health; free from dirt, bacteria, etc.: a sanitary washroom.

  1. providing healthy cleanliness: a sanitary wrapper on all sandwiches.

Origin of sanitary

First recorded in 1835–45; from Latin sānit(ās) “health” (see sanity) + -ary

synonym study For sanitary

1, 2. 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.

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Other words from sanitary

  • san·i·tar·i·ly, adverb
  • san·i·tar·i·ness, noun
  • pre·san·i·tar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sanitary


/ (ˈsænɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

  1. of or relating to health and measures for the protection of health

  2. conducive to or promoting health; free from dirt, germs, etc; hygienic

Origin of sanitary

C19: from French sanitaire, from Latin sānitās health

Derived forms of sanitary

  • sanitarily, adverb
  • sanitariness, noun

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