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

1500–10; < Latin adulterātiōn- (stem of adulterātiō); see adulterate, -ion
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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.



  • 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.


    William H. Dooley

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


  1. The alteration, especially the debasement, of a substance by deliberately adding something not ordinarily a part of it.
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