contaminant

[kuh n-tam-uh-nuh nt]

noun

something that contaminates.

Origin of contaminant

1920–25; < Latin contāminant- (stem of contāmināns), present participle of contāmināre. See contaminate, -ant
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Related Words for contaminant

impurity, poison, toxin, pollutant, contamination, adulterant

Examples from the Web for contaminant

Historical Examples of contaminant

  • If you have a—a contaminant on board your ship, sir, it didn't come from the Lancet.

    Contamination Crew

    Alan Edward Nourse