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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

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1. See sanitary.
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Examples from the Web for unhygienic

Historical Examples

  • 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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