recontaminate

verb
re·​con·​tam·​i·​nate | \ (ˌ)rē-kən-ˈta-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce recontaminate (audio) \
recontaminated; recontaminating; recontaminates

Definition of recontaminate

transitive verb

: to contaminate again The way these products are processed and handled may not kill all the bacteria or may allow the products to become recontaminated.Better Homes and Gardens The organization couldn't ensure its disposal would not recontaminate the water table, risking the infection of others.— John Cary

Other Words from recontaminate

recontamination \ (ˌ)rē-​kən-​ˌta-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce recontamination (audio) \ noun, plural recontaminations
Keep the cooked shellfish separate from seawater and uncooked shellfish to prevent recontamination. — Maribeth Crandell

First Known Use of recontaminate

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Recontaminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recontaminate. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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