What does sanitation mean?

Definitions for sanitationˌsæn ɪˈteɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sanitation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanitation(noun)

    the state of being clean and conducive to health

  2. sanitation, sanitization, sanitisation(noun)

    making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing


  1. sanitation(Noun)

    The hygienic disposal or recycling of waste.

  2. sanitation(Noun)

    The policy and practice of protecting health through hygienic measures.

  3. Origin: From the contraction of sanitary, sanit + -ation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanitation(noun)

    the act of rendering sanitary; the science of sanitary conditions; the preservation of health; the use of sanitary measures; hygiene


  1. Sanitation

    Sanitation is the hygienic means of promoting health through prevention of human contact with the hazards of wastes as well as the treatment and proper disposal of sewage wastewater. Hazards can be either physical, microbiological, biological or chemical agents of disease. Wastes that can cause health problems include human and animal feces, solid wastes, domestic wastewater, industrial wastes and agricultural wastes. Hygienic means of prevention can be by using engineering solutions, simple technologies, or even by personal hygiene practices. The World Health Organization states that: The term "sanitation" is applied to a wide range of subjects such as: ⁕Improved sanitation - refers to the management of human faeces at the household level. This terminology is the indicator used to describe the target of the Millennium Development Goal on sanitation, by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. ⁕On-site sanitation - the collection and treatment of waste is done where it is deposited. Examples are the use of pit latrines, septic tanks, and Imhoff tanks.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sanitation

    The development and establishment of environmental conditions favorable to the health of the public.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joseph Aguettant:

    Water and sanitation are among the biggest problems in Gaza and the effects of the war have made this situation a lot worse.

  2. Elisabeth Hoff:

    If there were proper access to water and sanitation services, you could impede it, the WHO is advocating for better water and sanitation in the area and trying to send hygiene kits.

  3. Maria Neira:

    Those terrible diseases require hygiene and sanitation and we hope that this contribution will add to our argument that access to safe water and sanitation is one of the most important determinants of our health.

  4. Elisabeth Hoff:

    We are very concerned, not just about the three cases but about public health, we are concerned about the deterioration in the water and sanitation situation, we are not able to deliver regularly in the area, only on an ad hoc basis.

  5. Seemin Qayum:

    Access to safe, reliable, clean, private sanitation and water and hygiene is really a question of girls' and women's welfare and girls' and women's rights, if we're thinking about keeping girls at school, we need to do a lot of work on the sanitation issue and make sure that there are clean, private, safe and separate facilities for girls at schools. I think this is fundamental.

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Translations for sanitation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الصحة العموميةArabic
  • Abfallwirtschaft, Kanalisation, AbwasserentsorgungGerman
  • υγιεινή, εξυγίανσηGreek
  • jätehuoltoFinnish
  • assainissementFrench
  • 衛生, 公衆衛生, 衛生設備Japanese
  • сана́ция, санитари́я, канализа́ция, [[санитарный, [[улучше́ние]] [[санитарный, ассениза́цияRussian

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