contaminant

[ kuhn-tam-uh-nuhnt ]
/ kənˈtæm ə nənt /

noun

something that contaminates.

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Origin of contaminant

1920–25; <Latin contāminant- (stem of contāmināns), present participle of contāmināre.See contaminate, -ant
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Example sentences from the Web for contaminant

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

    Contamination Crew|Alan Edward Nourse