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[hahy-jeen] /ˈhaɪ dʒin/
Also, hygienics. the science that deals with the preservation of health.
a condition or practice conducive to the preservation of health, as cleanliness.
Origin of hygiene
1590-1600; < French hygiène < New Latin hygieina < Greek hygieinḕ (téchnē) healthful (art), feminine of hygieinós healthful, equivalent to hygiḗ(s) healthy + -inos -ine1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hygiene
  • Whatever class you travel, surviving airline food is not just a matter of taste, it's also a matter of hygiene.
  • Voters ranked them on hygiene, style and public access.
  • Bedbugs are not indicative of a lack of hygiene.
  • Medical professionals love how no-touch thermometers solve hygiene issues.
  • He is going for laughs, not hygiene.
  • Excessive hygiene can be detrimental to your offspring's health.
  • I've never heard of anyone being poisoned by the tiny amounts of fluorine in water & dental hygiene products.
  • Ancient humans' lax dental hygiene has been a boon for researchers looking for clues about early diets.
  • The gene can spread hand-to-mouth, which makes good hygiene very important.
  • Building this case was mental hygiene.
British Dictionary definitions for hygiene


Also called hygienics. the science concerned with the maintenance of health
clean or healthy practices or thinking: personal hygiene
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin hygiēna, from Greek hugieinē, from hugiēs healthy
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Word Origin and History for hygiene

1670s, from French hygiène, ultimately from Greek hygieine techne "the healthful art," from hygies "healthy," literally "living well" (personified as the goddess Hygieia), from PIE *eyu-gwie-es- "having a vigorous life." The Greek adjective was used by Aristotle as a noun meaning "health."

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hygiene in Medicine

hygiene hy·giene (hī'jēn')

  1. The science that deals with the promotion and preservation of health. Also called hygienics.

  2. The conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health, as those followed for personal hygiene.

hy·gien'ist (hī-jē'nĭst, hī'jē'-, hī-jěn'ĭst) n.
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