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[ san-i-tey-shuhn ]


  1. the development and application of sanitary measures for the sake of cleanliness, protecting health, etc.
  2. the disposal of sewage and solid waste.


/ ˌsænɪˈteɪʃən /


  1. the study and use of practical measures for the preservation of public health

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sanitation1

First recorded in 1840–50; sanit(ary) + -ation

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Example Sentences

Nationwide, authorities addressed sanitation issues, and implemented laws and regulations to better protect water resources.

From Ozy

These projects have complicated processes normally designed by mechanical or sanitation engineers.

Let’s work also with policymakers, cities, and underdeveloped countries with poor sanitation to better monitor live virus in our waters and treat wastewater appropriately.

From Fortune

He’s staging pop-up sanitation stations in states from New York to California.

That may consist of a breakdown in a basic step like sanitation, or other protocols that people in our food supply should be following.

From Eater

New York now employs fewer cops, firefighters, and sanitation workers than it did in 2002.

And in a city with large slums and poor sanitation, rats can thrive easily, fleas and all, to spread the plague.

In CDC-speak, the problem is filed under the vessel sanitation program (VSP).

With less than a dozen toilets in the entire community, poor sanitation fuels high rates of malaria and lethal cases of diarrhea.

As long as you exercise basic sanitation and cleanliness sort of protocols … I think the risk is relatively low.

Half the army was in hospital from want of proper nourishment and commonsense sanitation.

The question of village sanitation, etc., would have been solved long ago.

We all know what American scientific medicine and sanitation is doing in Panama and in the Philippines.

Notice the excellent sanitation and the unusually high cost of living.

If one is perishing of hunger and thirst, sanitation seems unimportant enough.


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