verb (used with object), con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing.
Origin of contaminate
British Dictionary definitions for contaminable
verb (kənˈtæmɪˌneɪt) (tr)
adjective (kənˈtæmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
Word Origin for contaminate
Word Origin and History for contaminable
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.