Definition of sanitarian in English:



  • An official responsible for public health or a person in favour of public health reform.

    • ‘Shane works for the Worth County Conservation Board as a conservation technician and also for the Worth County Public Health as the county sanitarian.’
    • ‘Now, the working groups are represented by manufacturers, regulatory officials, sanitarians and end users,’ he explains.’
    • ‘The rules enforced by sanitarians, are justified as public policy.’
    • ‘Driven by concerns about public health and moral order, sanitarians, lawyers, engineers, and landscape architects enlarged the scope of city planning beginning at mid century.’
    • ‘It is best to discuss results with a sanitarian from the local health department, since he or she will have these established levels available and can help you interpret your results.’


Mid 19th century: from sanitary + -ian.