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contaminant

[kuh n-tam-uh-nuh nt] /kənˈtæm ə nənt/
noun
1.
something that contaminates.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Latin contāminant- (stem of contāmināns), present participle of contāmināre. See contaminate, -ant
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  • So the change in coloration indicated that the frogs' extremely thin, sensitive skin was reacting to contaminants in the water.
  • The main challenge is to make sure that past contaminants don't enter into the watershed.
  • The water is contaminated naturally by sandstone, which has slowly leached radioactive contaminants over the eons.
  • In wastewater pools they give bacteria more space to grow and thus allow biological contaminants to be consumed more quickly.
  • Lice, interbreeding, and contaminants are killing off the species.
  • They're sure that the sequences haven't come from modern contaminants.
  • Ozone can be used to destroy a number of known contaminants and pathogens.
  • The article speaks of the problems of contaminants that are present in the subsurface water that is used for geothermal energy.
  • As the rest of the world struggles to reach higher standards, more contaminants will be produced in accelerating amounts.
  • Combining light and electrical current removes contaminants from water.

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