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

  • adj. Of or relating to health or the protection of health.
  • adj. Free from elements, such as filth or pathogens, that endanger health; hygienic: sanitary conditions for the preparation of food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to health
  • adj. clean and free from pathogens; hygienic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to health; designed to secure or preserve health; relating to the preservation or restoration of health; hygienic. See the Note under sanatory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to health or hygiene or the preservation of health; hygienic; healthy.
  • Synonyms Sanitary, Sanatory. These two words are often confounded. Sanitary means “pertaining to health, hygienic”: as, sanitary science; sanitary conditions (which may be good or bad). Sanatory means “serving to heal, therapeutic”: as, sanatory medicines or agencies.
  • n. A public water-closet, urinal, and lavatory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. free from filth and pathogens

Etymologies

French sanitaire, from Latin sānitās, health; see sanity.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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