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 Servis has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit drug adulteration and misbranding. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Saudi Cup, Won by Maximum Security, Puts Hold on Prize Money," 13 Apr. 2020 As our food supply becomes more global, an adulteration problem in Bangladesh has international ramifications. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Some turmeric, wellness potion of the moment, may owe its yellow color to lead contamination, a study says," 28 Sep. 2019 Navarro and another high profile trainer, Jason Servis, were both indicted on a count of conspiracy of drug adulteration and misbranding. NBC News, "Horse racing trainers and veterinarians charged in international doping scandal," 9 Mar. 2020 Charges brought against the 27 people include drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy. Stephen Whyno, Anchorage Daily News, "Trainers, veterinarians and others charged in racehorse-drugging scheme," 9 Mar. 2020 Donald Woo Lee, 54, from Temecula, was found guilty on seven counts of health care fraud and one count of adulteration of a medical device, the DOJ announced in a press release Thursday. Fox News, "California doctor found guilty in $12M Medicare scheme; single-use catheters repackaged," 18 Oct. 2019 Any enhancement or substitution increases the risk of toxic adulteration, suspected as a contributor to the 2019 outbreak of acute lung injuries among those who make or buy customized cartridges with alternative flavors and drugs. David T. Courtwright, STAT, "Vaping and prescription opioids: limbic capitalism in action," 28 Oct. 2019 The Ministry of Health advised against consuming alcohol from a number of brands because samples had tested positive for methanol adulteration. CNN, "Tainted alcohol kills 19 in Costa Rica, ministry says, urging caution," 21 July 2019 Only low-grade olive oil has a low smoke point, due to old olives or adulteration. Sunset, "Road Trip Like a Chef," 22 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adulteration.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adulteration

Time Traveler for adulteration

Time Traveler

The first known use of adulteration was in 1503

See more words from the same year

Statistics for adulteration

Last Updated

25 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adulteration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adulteration. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for adulteration

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on adulteration

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for adulteration

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with adulteration

Britannica English: Translation of adulteration for Arabic Speakers

Comments on adulteration

What made you want to look up adulteration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!