wa·​ter·​borne | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce waterborne (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterborne

: supported, carried, or transmitted by water waterborne commerce waterborne diseases

Examples of waterborne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A day earlier, engineers had opened a key highway in the southwestern Baluchistan province, allowing rescue workers to speed aid to those suffering in a race against the spread of waterborne diseases and dengue fever. Munir Ahmed, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Sep. 2022 By the time of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Queen Elizabeth was the subject of a four-day love fest that included a waterborne procession on the River Thames that rivaled a medieval pageant. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 But receding waters threaten a new challenge in the form of waterborne infectious diseases, Sharif said. Reuters, NBC News, 7 Sep. 2022 Now people are facing floods there that have caused an outbreak of waterborne diseases. Munir Ahmed, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2022 Among them, more than three million children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance due to the risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Idris Mukhtar, CNN, 4 Sep. 2022 Several countries have flown in supplies, but the Pakistani government has pleaded for even more help, faced with the enormous task of feeding and housing those affected, as well as protecting them from waterborne diseases. Zarar Khan, ajc, 4 Sep. 2022 The Marines pulled AAVs from waterborne operations in December. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2022 Heavy downpours of rain are a major risk for outbreaks of waterborne diseases, particularly for people who get water from wells, which is almost all of the rural U.S. Abc News, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of waterborne

1559, in the meaning defined above

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wa·​ter·​borne | \ ˈwȯt-ər-ˌbō(ə)rn, ˈwät-, -ˌbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce waterborne (audio) \

Medical Definition of waterborne

: carried or transmitted by water and especially by drinking water waterborne diseases

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