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

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The researchers also showed that a common adulteration—switching glycerol for diethylene glycol during the production of cold medicine—was easily detectable. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine," 17 Sep. 2018 The food industry was unregulated, rife with adulteration and poor hygiene. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Iberostar apologized for the couples' stress and denied any deliberate adulteration of the drinks. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terrifying stories from tourists in Mexico continue a year after mysterious drowning," 27 June 2018 Good Housekeeping regularly publishes articles about food safety and food adulteration. Good Housekeeping, "The History of the Good Housekeeping Institute," 31 Oct. 2015 Why adapt Sinclair at all, when-not to discredit any amount of true experience that went into the raw trauma exhibited here-the adulteration of his meatpackers into one-note archetypes of patriarchal domination appears to be the goal? Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Another Jungle badly misunderstands Upton Sinclair’s original," 19 Apr. 2018 Homeopathic products are subject to federal requirements that prohibit adulteration and mislabeling. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Homeopathic Medicine, and Why Is the FDA Cracking Down On It?," 19 Dec. 2017 Auditors said that sample should have been investigated for adulteration and possibly flagged for state regulators. Bob Young, The Seattle Times, "Bellingham pot lab Peak Analytics suspended after auditors question testing practices," 3 Aug. 2017 A Target spokeswoman said the company received allegations of food safety concerns as well as accusations of manipulation and adulteration of the products., "Your Evening Briefing," 23 June 2017

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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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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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