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

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Recent Examples on the Web Boiling water kills waterborne germs by pulling their structures apart with high heat. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What to Do in a Boil Water Advisory," 19 Feb. 2021 Readers’ favorite item of the year was the ingenious LifeStraw portable water filter, which removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites — sans iodine tablets or unwieldy purifiers. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Underscored’s bestselling Amazon products of 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 The analysis found that over 7 million waterborne illnesses occur each year, resulting in over 600,000 annual visits to emergency rooms, 118,000 hospitalizations and 6,630 deaths -- totaling $3.33 billion in direct health care costs. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "America's newest water safety challenge is something you've never heard of," 16 Dec. 2020 The ultra-portable LifeStraw removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites, no icky iodine taste or bulky contraptions required. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "These are the 23 Amazon products we loved in October," 6 Nov. 2020 Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria. Mckenna Ross/oregonlive.com, oregonlive, "Cannon Beach health advisory issued after fecal matter detected in ocean water," 18 June 2019 Water quality concerns from high levels of bacteria, such as E. coli, and other waterborne illnesses are typically caused by animal waste from geese and other waterfowl. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Beach closings in Hennepin County mount amid health concerns," 26 Aug. 2020 The portable filter removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites — no bulky contraptions or icky iodine tablet taste required. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "These are the 21 Amazon products we loved in August," 10 Sep. 2020 The commandant of the Marine Corps has suspended all waterborne operations of its more than 800 amphibious assault vehicles until the cause of the accident is determined. USA TODAY, "Authorities recover bodies from sunken Marine landing craft off California coast," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of waterborne

1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Waterborne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterborne. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waterborne

: spread or carried by water


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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