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 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, "Tainted sanitizers and bootleg booze are poisoning people," 19 Aug. 2020 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

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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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12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adulteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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