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fumigate

fumigate

verb fu·mi·gate \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt\

: to remove germs, insects, etc., from (a room or building) with smoke or gas that destroys them

fu·mi·gat·edfu·mi·gat·ing

Full Definition of FUMIGATE

transitive verb
:  to apply smoke, vapor, or gas to especially for the purpose of disinfecting or of destroying pests
fu·mi·ga·tion \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
fu·mi·ga·tor \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of FUMIGATE

  1. All the hospital rooms had to be fumigated.
  2. We had to fumigate our apartment to get rid of the ants.

Origin of FUMIGATE

Latin fumigatus, past participle of fumigare, from fumus + -igare (akin to Latin agere to drive) — more at agent
First Known Use: 1781

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fumigate

transitive verb fu·mi·gate \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
fu·mi·gat·edfu·mi·gat·ing

Medical Definition of FUMIGATE

:  to apply smoke, vapor, or gas to especially for the purpose of disinfecting or of destroying pests
fu·mi·ga·tion \ˌfyü-mə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
fu·mi·ga·tor \ˈfyü-mə-ˌgāt-ər\ noun

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