decontaminate

[ dee-kuh n-tam-uh-neyt ]
/ ˌdi kənˈtæm əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), de·con·tam·i·nated, de·con·tam·i·nat·ing.

to make (an object or area) safe for unprotected personnel by removing, neutralizing, or destroying any harmful substance, as radioactive material or poisonous gas.
to make free of contamination; purify: to decontaminate a sickroom.

Origin of decontaminate

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + contaminate

Related forms

de·con·tam·i·na·tion, nounde·con·tam·i·na·tive, adjectivede·con·tam·i·na·tor, noun
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decontaminate

/ (ˌdiːkənˈtæmɪˌneɪt) /

verb

(tr) to render (an area, building, object, etc) harmless by the removal, distribution, or neutralization of poisons, radioactivity, etc

Derived Forms

decontaminant, noundecontamination, noundecontaminative, adjectivedecontaminator, noun
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