Definition of hygiene in English:

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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'.

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

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Syllabification: hy·giene

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