Meaning of “hygienic” in the English Dictionary

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"hygienic" in British English

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uk /haɪˈdʒiː.nɪk/ us /haɪˈdʒen.ɪk/

C2 clean, especially in order to prevent disease:

It isn't hygienic to let animals sit on the dining table.

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  • From what I've heard, the school toilets are not exactly as hygienic as they should be.
  • Food must be prepared and stored in hygienic conditions.
  • You can't eat food that's been on the floor - you know it's not hygienic.
  • It is essential that doctors follow strict hygienic practices like washing their hands after examining every patient.
  • I suppose warm-air hand-driers are more hygienic than hand-towels, and paper towels create a lot of litter.

(Definition of “hygienic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hygienic" in American English

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hygienicadjective [ not gradable ]

us /hɑɪˈdʒi·nɪk, -ˈdʒen·ɪk/

(Definition of “hygienic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)