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[uh-duhl-tuh-rey-shuh n] /əˌdʌl təˈreɪ ʃən/
the act or process of adulterating.
the state of being adulterated.
something adulterated.
Origin of adulteration
1500-10; < Latin adulterātiōn- (stem of adulterātiō); see adulterate, -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adulteration
  • One way to mask illicit adulteration is to add vegetable oil to boost the fat count and melamine to rig the protein figure.
  • It is suspected that the contamination occurred by direct adulteration with dried manure.
  • One thing to remember in all of this is that there have been examples of adulteration, deliberate and otherwise in homeopathy.
Word Origin and History for adulteration

c.1500, from Latin adulterationem (nominative adulteratio), noun of action from past participle stem of adulterare "corrupt, falsify; debauch; commit adultery," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + Late Latin alterare "to alter" (see alter).

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adulteration in Medicine

adulteration a·dul·ter·a·tion (ə-dŭl'tə-rā'shən)
The alteration, especially the debasement, of a substance by deliberately adding something not ordinarily a part of it.

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