contamination

Contamination is the unwanted pollution of something by another substance. When a nuclear power plant leaks radiation into the atmosphere, for example, it causes a contamination of the surrounding area.

Contamination can also be used to refer to abstract ideas and concepts rather than to just physical things. The French complain that the increasing adoption of English words is a contamination of their linguistic heritage, and many parents today think rap music is a contamination of the public culture.

Definitions of contamination
1

n the state of being contaminated

Synonyms:
taint
Types:
dust contamination
state of being contaminated with dust
Type of:
impureness, impurity
the condition of being impure

n the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors

Synonyms:
pollution
Antonyms:
decontamination
the removal of contaminants
Types:
dust contamination
the act of contaminating with dust particles
Type of:
dirtying, soiling, soilure
the act of soiling something

n a substance that contaminates

Synonyms:
contaminant
Type of:
material, stuff
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object

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