Meaning of sanitation in English:


Pronunciation /sanɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • Conditions relating to public health, especially the provision of clean drinking water and adequate sewage disposal.

    ‘they could afford to erect new dwellings with a reasonable standard of construction and sanitation’
    • ‘Access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, especially in the rural countryside, is limited.’
    • ‘It was not just the developing countries with their large populations and lack of adequate sanitation that wanted a solution to the problem of malaria.’
    • ‘In the absence of adequate medical services, congestion and poor sanitation may cause health hazards.’
    • ‘The disease is common in developing countries lacking adequate sewage and sanitation facilities.’
    • ‘Clean water, sanitation and health education are seen as the greatest needs.’
    • ‘Many communities still suffer from lack of clean drinking water and sanitation.’
    • ‘Apart from ensuring health, hygiene and sanitation, the army is focussing on the psychological rehabilitation of the survivors.’
    • ‘With little access to clean drinking water and sanitation, the inhabitants face a constant threat of disease.’
    • ‘Moreover to maintain the men's health and strength, sanitation and cleanliness were made matters of regulation.’
    • ‘Access to clean drinking water and sanitation alone would save nearly two million lives each year and prevent half a billion diseases annually.’
    • ‘Close living conditions, poor sanitation, and lack of medical facilities has led to an increase of communicable diseases.’
    • ‘They are generally living in older areas of modern cities, which are well known for poor sanitation, lack of health facilities and basic amenities.’
    • ‘Food habit, clean drinking water and proper sanitation hold the key to preserving the health of the people.’
    • ‘The United Nations estimates that 1.1 billion people have no access to fresh water and 2.4 billion lack access to adequate sanitation.’
    • ‘Health and sanitation is a reliable indicator of the level of progress a particular society makes in various sectors.’
    • ‘Different groups had varying standards of health and sanitation.’
    • ‘Most epidemics are caused by lack of proper sanitation and safe drinking water.’
    • ‘A total of 2.4 billion people currently lack adequate sanitation facilities.’
    • ‘The Infection Control department reviewed interim plans to ensure cleaning and sanitation standards could be maintained.’
    • ‘At this point, the lack of clean drinking water and sanitation is the main threat.’
    cleanliness, personal hygiene, personal cleanliness, purity, sterility, disinfection, sanitation, sanitariness


Mid 19th century formed irregularly from sanitary.