sanitation

[san-i-tey-shuh n]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. sanitary napkin,
  2. sanitary protection,
  3. sanitary towel,
  4. sanitary ware,
  5. sanitate,
  6. sanitation worker,
  7. sanitationman,
  8. sanitization,
  9. sanitize,
  10. sanitizer

Origin of sanitation

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sanitation

sanitation

noun

the study and use of practical measures for the preservation of public health
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Word Origin and History for sanitation

sanitation

n.

1848, irregularly formed from sanitary. Figurative use from 1934. As a euphemism for garbage (e.g. sanitation engineer) first recorded 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sanitation

sanitation

[săn′ĭ-tāshən]

n.

Formulation and application of measures designed to protect public health.
Disposal of sewage.

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