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adulteration

[uh-duhl-tuh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or process of adulterating.
  2. the state of being adulterated.
  3. something adulterated.

Origin of adulteration

1500–10; < Latin adulterātiōn- (stem of adulterātiō); see adulterate, -ion
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Examples from the Web for adulteration

Historical Examples

  • Most of the cases that I heard turned on the adulteration and falsification of liquors.

    With Manchesters in the East

    Gerald B. Hurst

  • After the practices of adulteration naturally follow the practices of retail trade.

    Laws

    Plato

  • It gives many openings for theories of agglutination and adulteration.

  • An excessive amount of sand in the ash should be classed as adulteration.

  • Dressing is not regarded as an adulteration, but as an embellishment.

    Textiles</p>

    William H. Dooley


Word Origin and History for adulteration

n.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

adulteration in Medicine

adulteration

([object Object])
n.
  1. The alteration, especially the debasement, of a substance by deliberately adding something not ordinarily a part of it.
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