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[san-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌsæn ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
the development and application of sanitary measures for the sake of cleanliness, protecting health, etc.
the disposal of sewage and solid waste.
Origin of sanitation
1840-50; sanit(ary) + -ation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But little by little, step by step, the sanitation improved.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • sanitation is ever the last thing thought of by French authorities.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • A most important matter when in camp, and away from modern conveniences is that of sanitation.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Drastic improvements in housing, feeding, and sanitation in the towns themselves.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • My sneezers, as you call them, will be household words, when reason has a voice in sanitation.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for sanitation


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

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
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sanitation in Medicine

sanitation san·i·ta·tion (sān'ĭ-tā'shən)

  1. Formulation and application of measures designed to protect public health.

  2. Disposal of sewage.

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