[kuh n-tam-uh-ney-shuh n] /kənˌtæm əˈneɪ ʃən/

the act of contaminating, or of making something impure or unsuitable by contact with something unclean, bad, etc.
the act of contaminating, or of rendering something harmful or unusable by the addition of radioactive material:
the contamination of food following a nuclear attack.
the state of being contaminated:
The manufacturer recalled the product because of possible salmonella contamination.
Rare. something that contaminates a place or substance, as by making it impure, unsuitable, harmful, or unusable; a .

the act or process of contaminating or the state of being contaminated
something that contaminates
(linguistics) the process by which one word or phrase is altered because of mistaken associations with another word or phrase; for example, the substitution of irregardless for regardless by association with such words as irrespective

early 15c., from Latin contaminationem (nominative contaminatio), noun of action from past participle stem of contaminare (see contaminate). Figurative sense is from c.1620; specifically of radioactivity from 1913.

contamination con·tam·i·na·tion (kən-tām’ə-nā’shən)


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