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 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 Even without the rise of online pharmacies, there have been multiple food and medicine adulteration cases, some due to carelessness, some due to greed. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine," 17 Sep. 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Adulteration.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adulteration. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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