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hygienic

[hahy-jee-en-ik, hahy-jen-, -jee-nik] /ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪk, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪk/
adjective
1.
conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
2.
of or relating to hygiene.
Also, hygienical.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; hygiene + -ic
Related forms
hygienically, adverb
antihygienic, adjective
antihygienically, adverb
nonhygienic, adjective
unhygienic, adjective
unhygienically, adverb
Synonyms
1. See sanitary.
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Examples from the web for unhygienic
  • Even now, when they are rich and powerful, there is something endearingly rabid and unhygienic about many think-tankers.
  • Most of the food is safe to eat, even if the restaurant looks a bit unhygienic.
  • The atmosphere veered nastily between a sorry, unhygienic torpor and an ugly, vindictive frustration.
  • Presence of scabies does not necessarily indicate poor hygiene or unhygienic environment.
  • Rarely, tetanus may occur following surgical procedures performed under unhygienic conditions.
  • Tetanus may occasionally follow surgical procedures performed under unhygienic conditions.
  • Presence of lice is not indicative of poor hygiene or unhygienic environment.
British Dictionary definitions for unhygienic

unhygienic

/ˌʌnhaɪˈdʒiːnɪk/
adjective
1.
not promoting health or cleanliness; unsanitary

hygienic

/haɪˈdʒiːnɪk/
adjective
1.
promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary
Derived Forms
hygienically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unhygienic
adj.

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

hygienic

adj.

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

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unhygienic in Medicine

hygienic hy·gi·en·ic (hī'jē-ěn'ĭk, hī-jěn'-, -jē'nĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to hygiene.

  2. Tending to promote or preserve health.

  3. Sanitary.

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