hazmat was our Word of the Day on 01/03/2007. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of hazmat from the Web
Helicopter footage by a news crew showed about two dozen people standing outside one of the hospital’s buildings, with some dressed in hazmat suits.
But now more than 100 detectives from the counter-terrorism network are once again sealing off key areas, donning hazmat suits and trying to determine how the Novichok nerve agent has harmed people on British soil once again.
Harford County officials requested some Abingdon residents to shelter in place Friday while a hazmat team worked to clean up a liquid spill inside of a house.
No longer were forensics experts in oversize hazmat suits combing the area for an invisible killer developed by the Soviet Union in Cold War times.
The hazmat crew had entered the building and was trying to determine what caused so many to suffer breathing problems, nausea and possible loss of consciousness.
The building was evacuated as the fire department and a hazmat team responded.
Many law enforcement agencies are no longer testing drugs in the field because of safety concerns, and are sending officers in hazmat suits to drug overdose sites.
The hazmat team found Freon, a slightly toxic compound used in cooling systems, in the air.
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Did You Know?
The origin of "hazmat" is clear enough - it was formed by combining the first three letters of each of two words: "hazardous" and "material." The word hazmat is fairly young, first appearing in print in 1980. Although it is a noun, "hazmat" tends to be used attributively, meaning that it often appears in sentences before another noun as if it were performing the duties of an adjective (as in "hazmat team" and "hazmat worker").
medical Definition of hazmat
- toxic waste hauled away by workers in hazmat suits
- —Tom Spousta
- hazmat storage
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