sanitary 1842, from Fr. sanitaire (1812), from L. sanitas "health," from sanus "healthy, sane." In ref. to menstrual pads, first attested 1881 (in sanitary towel).

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  • Sanitary — San i*ta*ry, a. [L. sanitas health: cf. F. sanitaire. See {Sanity}.] Of or pertaining to health; designed to secure or preserve health; relating to the preservation or restoration of health; hygienic; as, sanitary regulations. See the Note under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sanitary — index remedial, salutary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sanitary — *healthful, hygienic, salutary, salubrious, healthy, wholesome Analogous words: curing or curative, healing, remedying (see corresponding verbs at CURE): *effective, efficacious, effectual Antonyms: noxious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sanitary — [adj] clean, germ free healthful, healthy, hygienic, prophylactic, purified, salubrious, sanative, sterile, uncontaminated, uninfected, unpolluted, unsullied, wholesome; concept 621 Ant. dirty, diseased, polluted, unsanitary …   New thesaurus

  • sanitary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to sanitation. 2) hygienic. ORIGIN from Latin sanitas health …   English terms dictionary

  • sanitary — [san′ə ter΄ē] adj. [Fr sanitaire < L sanitas: see SANITARIUM & ARY] 1. of health or the rules and conditions of health; esp., promoting health and healthful conditions by the elimination of dirt and agents of infection or disease 2. in a clean …   English World dictionary

  • sanitary — sanitarily, adv. sanitariness, n. /san i ter ee/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to health or the conditions affecting health, esp. with reference to cleanliness, precautions against disease, etc. 2. favorable to health; free from dirt, bacteria, etc …   Universalium

  • sanitary — [[t]sæ̱nɪtri, AM teri[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n Sanitary means concerned with keeping things clean and healthy, especially by providing a sewage system and a clean water supply. Sanitary conditions are appalling... The vast majority live in tin shacks… …   English dictionary

  • sanitary — adjective Etymology: French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas Date: 1838 1. of or relating to health < sanitary measures > 2. of, relating to, or used in the disposal especially of domestic waterborne waste < a sanitary sewer system > 3.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sanitary — Healthful; conducive to health; usually in reference to a clean environment. [L. sanitas, health] * * * san·i·tary san ə .ter ē adj 1) of or relating to health <sanitary measures> 2) of, relating to, or used in the disposal esp. of domestic …   Medical dictionary

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