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impurity

[ im-pyoor-i-tee ]
/ ɪmˈpyʊər ɪ ti /
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noun, plural im·pu·ri·ties for 2.

the quality or state of being impure.
Often impurities. something that is or makes impure: After the flood the authorities warned against impurities in the drinking water.

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Origin of impurity

1400–50; late Middle English impurite<Latin impūritās.See impure, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for impurity

impurity
/ (ɪmˈpjʊərɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the quality of being impure
an impure thing, constituent, or elementimpurities in the water
electronics a small quantity of an element added to a pure semiconductor crystal to control its electrical conductivitySee also acceptor (def. 2), donor (def. 5)
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