Definition of sanitary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsænətri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænəteri//
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  1. 1[only before noun] connected with keeping places clean and healthy to live in, especially by removing human waste Overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions led to disease in the refugee camps. The hut had no cooking or sanitary facilities.
  2. 2clean; not likely to cause health problems synonym hygienic The new houses were more sanitary than the old ones had been. opposite insanitary
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas ‘health’, from sanus ‘healthy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sanitary

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