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contaminate

[verb kuh n-tam-uh-neyt; noun, adjective kuh n-tam-uh-nit, -neyt]
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verb (used with object), con·tam·i·nat·ed, con·tam·i·nat·ing.
  1. to make impure or unsuitable by contact or mixture with something unclean, bad, etc.: to contaminate a lake with sewage.
  2. to render harmful or unusable by adding radioactive material to: to contaminate a laboratory.
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noun
  1. something that contaminates or carries contamination; contaminant.
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adjective
  1. Obsolete. contaminated.
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Origin of contaminate

1375–1425; late Middle English contaminaten < Latin contāminātus, past participle of contāmināre to defile, spoil, equivalent to con- con- + -tāminare, verbal derivative of *tāmen something touched < *tag-s-men, equivalent to tag-, variant stem of tangere to touch + -s-men resultative noun suffix; cf. examen
Related formscon·tam·i·na·ble, adjectivecon·tam·i·na·tive, adjectivecon·tam·i·na·tor, nouncon·tam·i·nous, adjectivenon·con·tam·i·na·ble, adjectivenon·con·tam·i·na·tive, adjectivere·con·tam·i·nate, verb (used with object), re·con·tam·i·nat·ed, re·con·tam·i·nat·ing.self-con·tam·i·nat·ing, adjectiveun·con·tam·i·na·ble, adjectiveun·con·tam·i·nat·ed, adjectiveun·con·tam·i·na·tive, adjective

Synonyms

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1. defile, pollute, taint, infect, poison, corrupt.
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Examples from the Web for uncontaminated

Historical Examples

  • In contact with germless air the uncontaminated must never ferments.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

    John Tyndall

  • "I'm glad to meet one uncontaminated American citizen in this city," he said.

    The Art of Disappearing

    John Talbot Smith

  • For his dreams had been of an Arabian Houri, uncontaminated by the west.

    Tartarin de Tarascon

    Alphonse Daudet

  • How I love them for the clean, uncontaminated body with which they blessed my spirit.

  • The love of sex for sex would have been uncontaminated and pure.


British Dictionary definitions for uncontaminated

uncontaminated

adjective
  1. not having been polluted, infected, or made impure
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contaminate

verb (kənˈtæmɪˌneɪt) (tr)
  1. to make impure, esp by touching or mixing; pollute
  2. to make radioactive by the addition of radioactive material
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adjective (kənˈtæmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
  1. archaic contaminated
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Derived Formscontaminable, adjectivecontaminant, nouncontaminative, adjectivecontaminator, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin contamināre to defile; related to Latin contingere to touch
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Word Origin and History for uncontaminated

contaminate

v.

early 15c., from Old French contaminer, from Latin contaminatus, past participle of contaminare "to defile," from contamen "contact, pollution," from com- "together" (see com-) + *tag-, base of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Related: Contaminant (1934); contaminable.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

uncontaminated in Medicine

contaminate

(kən-tămə-nāt′)
v.
  1. To make impure or unclean by contact or mixture.
  2. To expose to or permeate with radioactivity.
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Related formscon•tam•i•nant (-nənt) n.
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