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

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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 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

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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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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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