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

    ‘a sanitary engineer’
    • ‘‘The people are being supplied with safe drinking water and proper sanitary facilities,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quite how they found this out and how it affected the sanitary conditions of their two-week stay, I dread to think.’
    • ‘Today, a billion people do not have adequate supplies of drinking water and two billion have no sanitary facilities.’
    • ‘This, in turn, led to overcrowding in apartments and poor sanitary and health conditions in the rooms.’
    • ‘But because sanitary conditions and medical care in many remote regions may be lacking, you need to take some precautions.’
    • ‘Amoebiasis can be prevented by good hygiene and sanitary conditions.’
    • ‘Food and water are exceedingly scarce, and disease is rapidly taking its toll in extremely cramped quarters without sanitary facilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Future plans involve the renovation of dormitory toilets by installing showers, drying facilities and new sanitary equipment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is also nursing young calves ensuring that they have adequate heat, feed and sanitary conditions.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The trainers were medical doctors, nurses, and health and sanitary officers from the same area.’
    • ‘The Board reported that the town had fairly good sanitary conditions.’
    • ‘Continuous chlorination should not be a substitute for a sanitary water supply.’
    1. 1.1Hygienic and clean.
      ‘the most convenient and sanitary way to get rid of food waste from your kitchen’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Food is supplied generally in cubes which are served above the floor of the cage to keep it sanitary.’
      • ‘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.’
      hygienic, clean, germ-free, antiseptic, aseptic, sterile, sterilized, uninfected, disinfected, unpolluted, uncontaminated, salubrious, healthy, pure, wholesome
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/ˈsanəˌterē/ /ˈsænəˌtɛri/


Mid 19th century from French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas ‘health’, from sanus ‘healthy’.