Hygiene



[hahy-jeen] /ˈhaɪ dʒin/

noun
1.
Also, hygienics. the science that deals with the preservation of health.
2.
a condition or practice conducive to the preservation of health, as cleanliness.
/ˈhaɪdʒiːn/
noun
1.
Also called hygienics. the science concerned with the maintenance of health
2.
clean or healthy practices or thinking: personal hygiene
n.

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.”

hygiene hy·giene (hī’jēn’)
n.

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

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  • Hygienical

    [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 . /haɪˈdʒiːnɪk/ adjective 1. promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary adj. 1833, from French hygiénique, from hygiène; see hygiene. The earlier adjective was hygienal (1660s). hygienic hy·gi·en·ic (hī’jē-ěn’ĭk, hī-jěn’-, -jē’nĭk) adj.

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    [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 . /haɪˈdʒiːnɪk/ adjective 1. promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary adj. 1833, from French hygiénique, from hygiène; see hygiene. The earlier adjective was hygienal (1660s). hygienic hy·gi·en·ic (hī’jē-ěn’ĭk, hī-jěn’-, -jē’nĭk) adj.



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