Meaning of “sanitary” in the English Dictionary


"sanitary" in English

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uk /ˈsæn.ɪ.tər.i/ us /ˈsæn.ə.ter.i/

clean and not dangerous for your health, or protecting health by removing dirt and waste, especially human waste:

Cholera thrives in poor sanitary conditions.
There were only very basic sanitary facilities on the site.
His kitchen didn't look very sanitary (= clean).

used to refer to the things used by women during their period (= blood flow each month):

sanitary protection

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

"sanitary" in American English

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us /ˈsæn·ˌter·i/

relating to being clean and healthy, esp. to the protection of health by the removal of dirt and waste, including human waste:

He worked to improve sanitary conditions in New Orleans.

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