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of or relating to health or the conditions affecting health, especially with reference to cleanliness, precautions against disease, etc.
favorable to health; free from dirt, bacteria, etc.:
a sanitary washroom.
providing healthy cleanliness:
a sanitary wrapper on all sandwiches.
a system for communication by telegraph, heliograph, etc., in which long and short sounds, light flashes, etc., are used to symbolize the content of a message:
Morse code.
a system used for brevity or secrecy of communication, in which arbitrarily chosen words, letters, or symbols are assigned definite meanings.
any set of standards set forth and enforced by a local government agency for the protection of public safety, health, etc., as in the structural safety of buildings (building code) health requirements for plumbing, ventilation, etc. (sanitary or health code) and the specifications for fire escapes or exits (fire code)
a systematically arranged collection or compendium of laws, rules, or regulations.
any authoritative, general, systematic, and written statement of the legal rules and principles applicable in a given legal order to one or more broad areas of life.
a word, letter, number, or other symbol used in a code system to mark, represent, or identify something:
The code on the label shows the date of manufacture.
Computers. the symbolic arrangement of statements or instructions in a computer program in which letters, digits, etc. are represented as binary numbers; the set of instructions in such a program:
That program took 3000 lines of code.
Compare ASCII, object code, source code.
any system or collection of rules and regulations:
a gentleman’s code of behavior.
Medicine/Medical. a directive or alert to a hospital team assigned to emergency resuscitation of patients.
Genetics. genetic code.

the system of rules shared by the participants in an act of communication, making possible the transmission and interpretation of messages.
(in sociolinguistic theory) one of two distinct styles of language use that differ in degree of explicitness and are sometimes thought to be correlated with differences in social class.
Compare elaborated code, restricted code.

verb (used with object), coded, coding.
to translate (a message) into a code; encode.
to arrange or enter (laws or statutes) in a code.
Computers. to translate (a program) into language that can be communicated to the computer.
verb (used without object), coded, coding.
Genetics. to specify the amino acid sequence of a protein by the sequence of nucleotides comprising the gene for that protein:
a gene that codes for the production of insulin.
of or relating to health and measures for the protection of health
conducive to or promoting health; free from dirt, germs, etc; hygienic
a system of letters or symbols, and rules for their association by means of which information can be represented or communicated for reasons of secrecy, brevity, etc: binary code, Morse code See also genetic code
a message in code
a symbol used in a code
a conventionalized set of principles, rules, or expectations: a code of behaviour
a system of letters or digits used for identification or selection purposes
verb (transitive)
to translate, transmit, or arrange into a code

sanitary san·i·tar·y (sān’ĭ-těr’ē)

Of or relating to health.

Free from elements, such as filth or pathogens, that endanger health; hygienic.


A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.

The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code. Instructions that have been converted into machine language that the computer understands are called machine code or executable code. See also programming language.

code definition

A series of instructions designed to be fed into a computer.
coherent digital exciter
Confederation of Dental Employers


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