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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"


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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.
When combined with the latest generation of mass spectrometers from Thermo, Agilent, Waters, Bruker and AB SCIEX, the system quickly identifies contaminants or economic adulterants, providing a critical tool for non-targeted screening.
Synthetic cinnamaldehyde and cinnamon leaf oil are the common adulterants for bark oil.
Intended for toxicologists, medical review officers and pathologists, this reference volume covers the cutting-edge methods used in modern drug testing that can detect all types of substance and alcohol abuse while circumventing urinary adulterants used by "cheaters.
The remaining nine papers discuss toxic element testing with clinical specimens; alcohol testing; urinary adulterants and drugs of abuse testing; hair, oral fluid, sweat, and meconium testing for drugs of abuse; abused and designer drugs and how they escape detection; interpretation of amphetamines screening and confirmation testing; clinical false-positive drug test results; and providing expert witness for alcohol and positive drugs of abuse test results.
Newer urine adulterants, however, such as Urine Luck, UrinAid, Klear, and Whizzies, cannot be detected by routine specimen-integrity tests.
According to the report, investigators were able to use adulterants at four sites and to substitute synthetic urine at another four sites--the latter made possible because many sites did not require the "employees" to empty their pockets and show the contents before entering the restroom.
The mechanism by which chronic cocaine abuse causes local necrosis of external structures is thought to involve many different factors, including ischemia from vasospasm, caustic erosion by adulterants, and local superinfection.
The bill would also make it illegal to sell, give away, or market urine or adulterants designed to disguise drugs in urine.
Some in vitro adulterants act by interfering with the immunoassay detection scheme.
Using proprietary Authentix testing technology, Cameroon can now quickly determine if fuels are legal or if they have been diluted with adulterants or smuggled products.
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program has published a new Botanical Adulterants Bulletin (BAB) on arnica (Arnica montana).