verb (used with object), con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing.
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These viruses are primarily passed from animals to people through water sources contaminated with infected birds' droppings.A climate anomaly may have worsened the 1918 pandemic and WWI|Kate Baggaley|September 25, 2020|Popular Science
Toledo, Ohio, had to truck in water for its population in 2014 when an algae bloom on Lake Erie contaminated the city’s water supply.More than 350 elephants died in Botswana, and we may finally know why|Kat Eschner|September 24, 2020|Popular Science
So, no, although the virus can be aerosolized, I’m not worried transient contact with “contaminated air” will spread it.The Importance of Face Masks and the Tragedy of Downplaying Them - Issue 90: Something Green|Kevin Berger|September 23, 2020|Nautilus
The death toll of elephants in the southern Africa country has subsequently risen to 330, with Monday’s announcement by its Department of National Parks and Wildlife confirming the elephants drank water contaminated by cyanobacteria.Scientists blame climate change for bacteria that caused the mysterious deaths of 300 African elephants|Tawanda Karombo|September 21, 2020|Quartz
The amoeba primarily infects people swimming in lakes and rivers, though several reported cases have been linked to contaminated tap water.50 years ago, scientists were on the trail of a brain-eating amoeba|Maria Temming|September 18, 2020|Science News
Then, Rogen convinces Franco to drink some contaminated water from a stream—which causes the 127 Hours Oscar nominee to dry-heave.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.
As for an investigation, the crash site has already been contaminated by local forces.Why Was Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Flying Through a War Zone?|Clive Irving|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What little evidence there is has been contaminated by the performance of the Malaysian authorities.The Baseless Rush to Blame the Pilots of Flight 370|Clive Irving|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some may also have been infected through tattoos and piercings with contaminated needles.There’s a Life Saving New Drug. But You Can’t Afford It.|Kaiser Health News|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The only remedy consists in burning the contaminated body, and then keeping the live-stock from the place where the victim fell.
The evil eye has been cast upon it, and no remedy exists but to sell the contaminated place at no matter what sacrifice.Indo-China and Its Primitive People|Henry Baudesson
Only the ardent appeals of the friars saved these unfortunates and their contaminated vessels from being sunk in Manila Bay.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines|Isabel Anderson
Incubate for forty-eight hours at 37° C. and reject any contaminated tubes.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
The innocent are often contaminated by association with the wicked; the vicious are more and more corrupted by their own excesses.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald