adulteration

noun
adul·​ter·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌdəl-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce adulteration (audio) \

Definition of adulteration

1 : the process of adulterating : the condition of being adulterated
2 : an adulterated product

Examples of adulteration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An adulteration to Balenciaga's unsoiled $625 Paris sneaker, the distressed version costs more than double: $1,850. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Some traditionalists question whether all the bishops participated; others say that the inclusion of Ukraine in the prayer was an add-on and adulteration. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Lira is also accused of conspiring with others to violate drug misbranding and adulteration laws, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2022 He is also charged with conspiring with others to violate U.S. drug misbranding and adulteration laws, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 Lira is also accused of conspiring to violate drug misbranding and adulteration laws, which carries a maximum prison term of five years, according to the Department of Justice. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 12 Jan. 2022 Manufacturers also add impurities to compensate for lost effects due to adulteration. C. Michael White, The Conversation, 16 Aug. 2021 Kegley pleaded guilty to drug adulteration and misbranding of drugs. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 23 July 2021 The idea that ethanol is a leading antidote for methanol poisoning is not only ironic, it’s also used as a justification for the adulteration by dishonest manufacturers, Canlar says. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, 19 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of adulteration

1503, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adulteration

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French adulteracion, borrowed from Latin adulterātiōn-, adulterātiō, from adulterāre "to adulterate entry 1" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of adulteration was in 1503

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“Adulteration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adulteration. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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adulteration

noun
adul·​ter·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌdəl-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce adulteration (audio) \

Medical Definition of adulteration

1 : the process of adulterating : the condition of being adulterated
2 : an adulterated product

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