Definition of hygiene in English:


Syllabification: hy·giene
Pronunciation: /ˈhīˌjēn


  • Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness: poor standards of food hygiene personal hygiene
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    • Standards of quality and hygiene can be maintained in a much less restrictive way.
    • Airedale Hospital has received a clean bill of health for its standards of food and hygiene.
    • Their standards of food, service, hygiene and comfort are high and most have kids' clubs.
    cleanliness, sanitation, sterility, purity, disinfection; public health, environmental health


late 16th century: via French from modern Latin hygieina, from Greek hugieinē (tekhnē) '(art) of health', from hugiēs 'healthy'.

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