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hygienic

[hahy-jee-en-ik, hahy-jen-, -jee-nik]
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adjective
  1. conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
  2. of or relating to hygiene.
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Also hy·gi·en·i·cal [hahy-jee-en-i-kuh l, hahy-jen-, -jee-ni-kuh l] /ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪ kəl, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪ kəl/.

Origin of hygienic

First recorded in 1825–35; hygiene + -ic
Related formshy·gi·en·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·hy·gi·en·ic, adjectivean·ti·hy·gi·en·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·hy·gi·en·ic, adjectiveun·hy·gi·en·ic, adjectiveun·hy·gi·en·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for hygienic

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1. See sanitary.
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Related Words for unhygienic

filthy, unhealthy, contaminated, dusty, murky, muddy, disheveled, crummy, unkempt, grimy, messy, nasty, sloppy, greasy, polluted, unhealthful, spotted, foul, black, defiled

Examples from the Web for unhygienic

Historical Examples of unhygienic

  • The material cannot be cleaned, and as a collector of dust is most unhygienic.

    The Story of Silk

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • The time had been when she would at once have denounced the room as overcrowded and unhygienic.

    Gray youth

    Oliver Onions

  • Diphtheria is not directly caused by unhygienic surroundings.

  • You—you don't think it will be unhygienic for him to sleep with me?

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins

  • It is not ideal if it is unethical, unhygienic, or unæsthetic.

    Sex-education

    Maurice Alpheus Bigelow


British Dictionary definitions for unhygienic

unhygienic

adjective
  1. not promoting health or cleanliness; unsanitary
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hygienic

adjective
  1. promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary
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Derived Formshygienically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unhygienic

adj.

1883, from un- (1) "not" + hygenic.

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hygienic

adj.

1833, from French hygiénique, from hygiène; see hygiene. The earlier adjective was hygienal (1660s).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unhygienic in Medicine

hygienic

(hī-jĕnĭk, -jēnĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to hygiene.
  2. Tending to promote or preserve health.
  3. Sanitary.
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