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.
- san·i·tar·i·ly, adverb
- san·i·tar·i·ness, noun
- pre·san·i·tar·y, adjective
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How to use sanitary in a sentence
Making period products—as well as access to clean underwear and sanitary facilities—available to all is a step in the right direction, experts told Popular Science.
In general, the definition of sanitary products should be expanded beyond what you see in the tampon aisle, Sommer says.What we can learn from Scotland’s free period products | Sara Kiley Watson | December 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
Scotland made history last month when its parliament passed a law that gives women a legal right to sufficient sanitary supplies.Why business must help end ‘period poverty’ for women in America | jakemeth | December 10, 2020 | Fortune
These included forms attesting to an animal’s behavior and its ability to either avoid relieving itself for the duration of the flight or to do so in a sanitary manner.Why the Emotional Support Dog Ban Is Good for Everyone | Wes Siler | December 9, 2020 | Outside Online
If the animal will be traveling on a long flight, the person it is traveling with must verify “it will not relieve itself or is able to do so in a sanitary manner.”Airlines will no longer be required to transport emotional support animals | Lori Aratani | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
He crosses the street and begins sweeping in front of the sanitary Bedding Company.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis | Stanley Booth | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When FLOs purchase a toilet, they agree to keep it well-stocked with sanitary products like toilet paper and soap.Toilet Made for Densely Populated Settlements Turns Waste Into Dollars | Mike Miesen | April 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some churches consider intinction a more sanitary method, but only when done by a member of the clergy.
The overlap of the religious rite with cold and flu season raises an uncomfortable question: Is receiving Communion sanitary?
sanitary operations alone required 7,400 Port-a-Potties that collected the equivalent of three Olympic-size pools of pee.
The sanitary effect upon the festering disputes of our time would be incalculably great.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Most of the sanitary improvements and the educational, all schemes for parks and better streets, come from them.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
"Heavens knows what we have swallowed," muttered Gwynne, who had served on sanitary boards and heard much talk of germs.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Here were good beds, nourishing food, delicacies from the stores of the Christian and sanitary Commissions, and kind attention.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
It was designed to show the sanitary construction of the Wallingham refrigerator.The Girl and The Bill | Bannister Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for sanitary
of or relating to health and measures for the protection of health
conducive to or promoting health; free from dirt, germs, etc; hygienic
- sanitarily, adverb
- sanitariness, noun
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