Definition of sanitary in US English:



  • 1Relating to the conditions that affect hygiene and health, especially the supply of sewage facilities and clean drinking water.

    ‘a sanitary engineer’
    • ‘Today, a billion people do not have adequate supplies of drinking water and two billion have no sanitary facilities.’
    • ‘Amoebiasis can be prevented by good hygiene and sanitary conditions.’
    • ‘He was advised that the lack of proper sanitary facilities, noise from the generators and dogs, especially in relation to older people, were the main problems.’
    • ‘‘The people are being supplied with safe drinking water and proper sanitary facilities,’ he said.’
    • ‘The trainers were medical doctors, nurses, and health and sanitary officers from the same area.’
    • ‘For instance, even in drinking water schemes or sanitary projects, at least a fraction of the total cost has got to be borne by the beneficiaries or the community that benefits.’
    • ‘This process would also lead to more sanitary conditions, benefiting the consumer.’
    • ‘This, in turn, led to overcrowding in apartments and poor sanitary and health conditions in the rooms.’
    • ‘By the early twentieth century, most urban areas claimed a modern filtered water system and a sanitary sewage works, both bulwarks against the spread of cholera.’
    • ‘The Board reported that the town had fairly good sanitary conditions.’
    • ‘The Iraqi Ministry of Water and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have combined forces to bring sanitary drinking water to the people of Fallujah.’
    • ‘Food and water are exceedingly scarce, and disease is rapidly taking its toll in extremely cramped quarters without sanitary facilities.’
    • ‘Future plans involve the renovation of dormitory toilets by installing showers, drying facilities and new sanitary equipment.’
    • ‘But because sanitary conditions and medical care in many remote regions may be lacking, you need to take some precautions.’
    • ‘Quite how they found this out and how it affected the sanitary conditions of their two-week stay, I dread to think.’
    • ‘He is also nursing young calves ensuring that they have adequate heat, feed and sanitary conditions.’
    • ‘There is simply no regard for sanitary conditions and nobody cares about public health or even remembers that there are public health laws that should strictly be adhered to.’
    • ‘Continuous chlorination should not be a substitute for a sanitary water supply.’
    • ‘Maintain good animal health through sanitary facilities.’
    • ‘This needs to be taken into account when providing sanitary facilities and health information for female pupils in primary school.’
    1. 1.1 Hygienic and clean.
      ‘the most convenient and sanitary way to get rid of food waste from your kitchen’
      • ‘If you have one or several dogs and want a sanitary way to dispose of droppings without the expense of buying a commercial model here is a do-it-yourself project that can be finished in an afternoon.’
      • ‘Food is supplied generally in cubes which are served above the floor of the cage to keep it sanitary.’
      • ‘Adequate cooking, sanitary handling and preparation and hygienic processing methods are better ways to reduce illness from microorganisms in meat.’
      • ‘Pump dispensers are more sanitary than bars of soap, and they are disposable.’
      hygienic, clean, germ-free, antiseptic, aseptic, sterile, sterilized, uninfected, disinfected, unpolluted, uncontaminated, salubrious, healthy, pure, wholesome
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Mid 19th century: from French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas ‘health’, from sanus ‘healthy’.