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From French hygiénique. Displaced earlier hygienal.

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  • IPA(key): /haɪˈd͡ʒiːnɪk/, /haɪˈd͡ʒɛnɪk/, /hʌɪd͡ʒɪˈɛnɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -iːnɪk, -ɛnɪk

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hygienic (comparative more hygienic, superlative most hygienic)

  1. Pertaining to hygiene; clean, sanitary.
  2. (programming slang, of a macro) Whose expansion is guaranteed not to cause the accidental capture of identifiers.
    • 2014, Colin Jones, Mastering Clojure Macros: Write Cleaner, Faster, Smarter Code, Pragmatic Bookshelf, →ISBN:
      Of course, anyone with a Scheme background is probably howling at this point because they have a hygienic macro system that makes unintended variable capture impossible. Allowing variable capture when we really, really want it makes Clojure's macro system technically more dangerous than hygienic systems.

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