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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: hygène, from Greek hygieina, from hygies 'healthy'

hygiene

noun
     
hy‧giene [uncountable]
DHC the practice of keeping yourself and the things around you clean in order to prevent diseases:
the importance of personal hygiene
good/poor/proper hygiene
The Consumers' Association blames poor hygiene standards.
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