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contaminate

[v. kuh n-tam-uh-neyt; n., adj. kuh n-tam-uh-nit, -neyt] /v. kənˈtæm əˌneɪt; n., adj. kənˈtæm ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), contaminated, contaminating.
1.
to make impure or unsuitable by contact or mixture with something unclean, bad, etc.:
to contaminate a lake with sewage.
2.
to render harmful or unusable by adding radioactive material to:
to contaminate a laboratory.
noun
3.
something that contaminates or carries contamination; contaminant.
adjective
4.
Obsolete, contaminated.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English contaminaten < Latin contāminātus, past participle of contāmināre to defile, spoil, equivalent to con- con- + -tāminare, verbal derivative of *tāmen something touched < *tag-s-men, equivalent to tag-, variant stem of tangere to touch + -s-men resultative noun suffix; cf. examen
Related forms
contaminable, adjective
contaminative, adjective
contaminator, noun
contaminous, adjective
noncontaminable, adjective
noncontaminative, adjective
recontaminate, verb (used with object), recontaminated, recontaminating.
self-contaminating, adjective
uncontaminable, adjective
uncontaminated, adjective
uncontaminative, adjective
Synonyms
1. defile, pollute, taint, infect, poison, corrupt.
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British Dictionary definitions for contaminated

contaminate

verb (transitive) (kənˈtæmɪˌneɪt)
1.
to make impure, esp by touching or mixing; pollute
2.
to make radioactive by the addition of radioactive material
adjective (kənˈtæmɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt)
3.
(archaic) contaminated
Derived Forms
contaminable, adjective
contaminant, noun
contaminative, adjective
contaminator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contamināre to defile; related to Latin contingere to touch
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Word Origin and History for contaminated

contaminate

v.

early 15c., from Old French contaminer, from Latin contaminatus, past participle of contaminare "to defile," from contamen "contact, pollution," from com- "together" (see com-) + *tag-, base of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Related: Contaminant (1934); contaminable.

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contaminated in Medicine

contaminate con·tam·i·nate (kən-tām'ə-nāt')
v. con·tam·i·nated, con·tam·i·nat·ing, con·tam·i·nates

  1. To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.

  2. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.


con·tam·i·nant (-nənt) n.
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