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[hahy-jee-en-ik, hahy-jen-, -jee-nik] /ˌhaɪ dʒiˈɛn ɪk, haɪˈdʒɛn-, -ˈdʒi nɪk/

conducive to good health; healthful; sanitary.
of or relating to .
promoting health or cleanliness; sanitary

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)


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