One who is skilled in the science of health and its maintenance. SYN: hygieist.
- dental h. a licensed, professional auxiliary in dentistry who is both an oral health educator and clinician, and who uses preventive, therapeutic, and educational methods for the control of oral diseases.

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hy·gien·ist hī-'jēn-əst, -'jen-; 'hī-.jēn- n a specialist in hygiene esp one skilled in a specified branch of hygiene <mental \hygienist> see DENTAL HYGIENIST

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hy·gien·ist (hi-jenґist) (hi-jeґnist) a specialist in hygiene.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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