Definition of adulterant in English:

adulterant

Line breaks: adul¦ter|ant
Pronunciation: /əˈdʌlt(ə)r(ə)nt
 
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noun

  • A substance used to adulterate another.
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    • Crack is a combination of cocaine hydrochloride, baking soda, and other adulterants which gives rise to a rock-like substance.
    • The adulterants ranged from water in the case of milk, cheaper varieties of oils in the case of edible oils to colours in the case of rice and tea.
    • Heat is applied to the bottle, thereby separating the adulterants from the rock and leaving behind a gel-like substance containing a concentrated cocaine-based solution.

adjective

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  • Used in adulterating something.
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    • They argued that because the bacteria is naturally occurring, it is not an "adulterant" substance subject to regulation by the government.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin adulterant- 'corrupting', from the verb adulterare (see adulterate).

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