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1. The science that deals with the promotion and preservation of health. Also called hygienics.
2. Conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health: hygiene in the workplace; personal hygiene.

[French hygiène and New Latin hygieina, both from Greek hugieinē (tekhnē), (art) of health, feminine of hugieinos, relating to health, healthful, from hugiēs, healthy; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]

hy·gien′ist (hī-jē′nĭst, hī′jē′-, hī-jĕn′ĭst) n.
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(ˈhaɪdʒiːnɪst) ,




(Medicine) a person skilled in the practice of hygiene. See also dental hygienist
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(haɪˈdʒi nɪst, -ˈdʒɛn ɪst, ˈhaɪ dʒi nɪst)

1. an expert in hygiene.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hygienist - a medical specialist in hygiene
medical specialist, specialist - practices one branch of medicine
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[haɪˈdʒiːnɪst] Nhigienista mf
see also dental
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[haɪˈdʒiːnɪst] n (also dental hygienist) → hygiéniste mf dentaire
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n. higienista, especialista en higiene;
dental ______ dental, técnico en profiláctica dental.
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n higienista mf; dental — higienista dental
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The team must include the dentist, a hygienist or dental assistant who has completed required training, and one additional hygienist or dental assistant.
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Advanstar Dental Media (ADM; Northfield, IL) has begun the publication of "Modern Hygienist," a magazine to be published ten times a year for a controlled circulation of 65,000 dental hygienists across the country.
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By enlisting the services of a registered dental hygienist (RDH) as an oral health liaison (OHL), a facility can improve the outcomes from this very important health habit.