decontaminate

verb de·con·tam·i·nate \ ˌdē-kən-ˈta-mə-ˌnāt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of decontaminate

transitive verb
: to rid of contamination (such as radioactive material)

decontamination

play \-ˌta-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

decontaminator

play \-ˈta-mə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of decontaminate in a Sentence

  1. Special workers were called in to decontaminate the area after the oil spill.

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First Known Use of decontaminate

1936


DECONTAMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

decontaminate

verb

Definition of decontaminate for English Language Learners

  • : to remove dirty or dangerous substances (such as radioactive material) from (a person, thing, place, etc.)


Medical Dictionary

decontaminate

transitive verb de·con·tam·i·nate \ ˌdē-kən-ˈtam-ə-ˌnāt \

medical Definition of decontaminate

decontaminated; decontaminating
: to rid of contamination (as radioactive material)

decontamination

play \-ˌtam-ə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

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