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A substance that adulterates.
Serving to adulterate.


a substance or ingredient that adulterates


(əˈdʌl tər ənt)

1. a substance that adulterates.
2. adulterating.
[1745–55; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adulterant - any substance that lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance; "it is necessary to remove the adulterants before use"
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
Adj.1.adulterant - making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials; "the adulterating effect of extraneous materials"


References in classic literature ?
Potato flour is the waste of potato after the starch and alcohol have been extracted; it has no more food value than so much wood, and as its use as a food adulterant is a penal offense in Europe, thousands of tons of it are shipped to America every year.
If the milk is available in sufficient quantity then there will be no need of making them adulterant.
It notes salmonella is not considered an adulterant in raw poultry unless products can be clearly linked to illnesses.
Dr Brian Farrell told Dublin City Coroner's Court: "Lignocaine is increasingly being used as an adulterant for cocaine.
This adulterant did not alter GC/MS confirmation of methamphetamine, benzoylecgonine, and PCP.
The agency admitted, however, that Salmonella is not an adulterant per se, because it is found in a substantial proportion of meat products.
Another outcome of that scare was the establishment of E.coli as an adulterant. With foodborne pathogens not officially recognized as hazardous to the food system until almost four years ago, many said it is surprising that more damage has not already happened.
The goal of the Botanical Adulterant Bulletins is to provide accounts of ongoing issues related to botanical identity and adulteration, thus allowing quality control personnel and lab technicians in the herbal medicine, botanical ingredient, dietary supplement, cosmetic, herbal tea, conventional food, and other industries in which botanical ingredients are used to be informed on adulteration problems that are apparently widespread and/or imply safety concerns.
The drugs had an estimated street value of PS5,000 and benzocaine, used as an adulterant, plastic bags, cash within a safe, sets of scales and mobile phones were also found in the Stillington Road property.
The government said in its affidavit to the court that water was the most common adulterant and the addition of water reduced the nutritional value and posed a danger to health if water was contaminated.
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday confirmed the street value of their cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and adulterant seizures was pounds 16million.