hygiene[hī′jēn′, hī jēn′]
Washing your hands is part of good hygiene.
- The definition of hygiene is the science and practice of maintaining good health through cleanliness.
An example of hygiene is a restaurant requiring all of their employees to wash their hands after using the restroom.
- the science of health and its maintenance; system of principles for the preservation of health and prevention of disease
- sanitary practices; cleanliness: personal hygiene
Origin of hygieneFrench hygiène ; from Classical Greek hygieinē (technē), (art) of health ; from hygiēs, healthy, sound ; from Indo-European an unverified form su-gwiyēs, living well ; from base an unverified form su-, well ( from source Sanskrit su-, well) + base an unverified form gwei-, to live from source Classical Greek bios, life, Classical Latin vivus, living
- The science that deals with the promotion and preservation of health. Also called hygienics.
- Conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health: hygiene in the workplace; personal hygiene.
Origin of hygieneFrench hygiène and New Latin hygieina, both from Greek hugieinē (tekhnē), (art) of health, feminine of hugieinos, relating to health, healthful, from hugiēs, healthy; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural hygienes)
From French hygiène, from Ancient Greek ὑγιαίνω (hugiainō, “be healthy, sound”), from ὑγιής (hugies, “healthy, sound”).