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contamination

British pronunciation/kəntˌæmɪnˈe‍ɪʃən/
American pronunciation/kənˌtæməˈneɪʃən/

contamination

[NOUN]
1

the act or process of making a substance or place dirty or polluted, especially by dangerous substances

synonyms : pollution
antonyms : decontamination
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2

the state of being contaminated

synonyms : taint
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3

a substance that contaminates

synonyms : contaminant
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Examples
1Those tests eventually revealed contamination from a slew of toxic chemicals.
2This map shows PFAS contamination across the US.
3First, the contamination took place one hundred years ago.
4Thus you'll avoid contamination.
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