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decontaminate

Line breaks: de|con|tam¦in|ate
Pronunciation: /diːk(ə)nˈtamɪneɪt
 
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Definition of decontaminate in English:

verb

[with object]
Neutralize or remove dangerous substances, radioactivity, or germs from (an area, object, or person): they tried to decontaminate nearby villages
More example sentences
  • The emergency services sealed off the area and decontaminated the affected staff.
  • The box and the depot area were decontaminated and the powder removed for testing.
  • Staff at Broomfield Hospital's accident and emergency department are being given special training on how to decontaminate victims of any biological, chemical, radioactive or nuclear incident.
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decontaminant

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noun

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