Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A public health or sanitation expert.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to health, or the laws of health; sanitary.
  • n. a public health or sanitation worker

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to health, or the laws of health; sanitary.
  • n. An advocate of sanitary measures; one especially interested or versed in sanitary measures.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A promoter of, or one versed in, sanitary measures or reforms.

Etymologies

sanitary +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I became a teetotaler and "sanitarian" [1] and began at once to reap the benefits.

    America, through the spectacles of an Oriental diplomat

  • Romero's introduction to the National Park Service came through his first job as a public health sanitarian at Gateway National Recreation Area in the New York metropolitan area.

    Alex Romero: A steward for national parks in the D.C., Maryland region

  • The orientation -- which includes training on how to accommodate the disabled, a visit from a fire inspector and a discussion of lead safety with a Health Department sanitarian -- is the first step in a months-long process few applicants will have the money, time or wherewithal to complete.

    D.C. day-care licensing criticized

  • Although Charles was preeminent as a sanitarian, he became equally famous as a consulting industrial chemist, a lucrative complement to his academic income.

    Chandler, Charles F.

  • It is not a camping ground and the sanitarian facilities are spars but existing, the next convenient store rather far away but if you don't mind that bring your tent for a night, food and drinks and have a good time.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • From Newsday:After a thorough investigation, DOI found a disturbing lack of diligence on the part of the public health sanitarian who inspected the restaurant as well as a breakdown in the supervision of the inspector, DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said.

    New York City Health Department Takes Blame For Rat Fiasco - The Consumerist

  • There has been a tradition of asserting that Nightingale was already a sanitarian when she arrived at Scutari but no evidence has ever been presented for this.

    Florence Nightingale: An Exchange

  • To assume that every intelligent person was a sanitarian in 1854 is to trivialize the challenge that Nightingale and her supporters faced after the war.

    Florence Nightingale: An Exchange

  • It is interesting to compare Nightingale with her relative and contemporary Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, who published a sanitarian tract as early as 1848, having been exposed to more unconventional thinkers than Nightingale including Southwood Smith, a family friend who was a close associate of Chadwick.

    Florence Nightingale: An Exchange

  • I did not assume that Nightingale was a sanitarian before 1854, and I thought Mr. Small's arguments were sound and convincing.

    Florence Nightingale: An Exchange

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