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hygiene Syllabification: hy·giene
Pronunciation: /ˈhīˌjēn/

Definition of hygiene in English:


Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness: poor standards of food hygiene personal hygiene
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • The word hygiene goes back to Greek hugieinē (tekhnē) meaning ‘(art) of health’, from hugiēs ‘healthy’.

Words that rhyme with hygiene

indigene • phosgene

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