Healthful; conducive to health; usually in reference to a clean environment. [L. sanitas, health]

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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 waterborne waste <\sanitary sewage>
3) characterized by or readily kept in cleanliness <\sanitary food handling>
san·i·tari·ly .san-ə-'ter-ə-lē adv

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san·i·tary (sanґĭ-tar″e) [L. sanitarius] pertaining to health or promoting or conducive to health; usually used in reference to an environment that is clean, i.e., without an agent that is deleterious to health.

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