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im·pu·ri·ty

 (ĭm-pyo͝or′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. im·pu·ri·ties
1. The quality or condition of being impure, especially:
a. Contamination or pollution.
b. Lack of consistency or homogeneity; adulteration.
c. A state of immorality; sin.
2. Something that renders something else impure; an inferior component or additive.

impurity

(ɪmˈpjʊərɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the quality of being impure
2. an impure thing, constituent, or element: impurities in the water.
3. (Electronics) electronics a small quantity of an element added to a pure semiconductor crystal to control its electrical conductivity. See also acceptor2, donor5

im•pu•ri•ty

(ɪmˈpyʊər ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being impure.
2. Often, impurities. something that is or makes impure: to remove impurities from the air.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impurity - worthless or dangerous material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product - any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
2.impurity - the condition of being impure
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
adulteration, debasement - being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adulterating
admixture, alloy - the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something
contamination, taint - the state of being contaminated
dirtiness - the state of containing dirty impurities
putridity - the state of being putrid
pollution - undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities
pureness, purity - being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material

impurity

noun
1. (often plural) dirt, pollutant, scum, grime, contaminant, dross, bits, foreign body, foreign matter The air is filtered to remove impurities.
2. contamination, infection, pollution, taint, filth, foulness, defilement, dirtiness, uncleanness, befoulment The soap is boiled to remove all traces of impurity.

impurity

noun
Translations
عَدَم نَقاوَه، تَلَوُّثفَساد، تَلَوُّث
nečistota
urenurenhed
erkölcstelenségszennyeződéstisztát lanságtisztátalanság
e-î sem spillir/mengar; sorimengun
nečistota
arı/saf olmayışkarışıkkatışık

impurity

[ɪmˈpjʊərɪtɪ] Nimpureza f

impurity

[ɪmˈpjʊərɪti] nimpureté f

impurity

nUnreinheit f; (of food)Verunreinigung f; (of motives)Unsauberkeit f; the impurities in the liquiddie Verunreinigungen in der Flüssigkeit

impurity

[ɪmˈpjʊərɪtɪ] nimpurità f inv

impure

(imˈpjue) adjective
dirty, with other substances mixed in; not pure. impure air; The water is impure.
imˈpurity noun
1. something which is mixed into another substance, but which should not be. There are too many impurities in this steel.
2. the state of being impure. Complaints were made about the impurity of the milk.

impurity

n (pl -ties) impureza
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Edgewise moved along the oily deck, it operates like a leathern squilgee; and by nameless blandishments, as of magic, allures along with it all impurities.
Darcy may perhaps have HEARD of such a place as Gracechurch Street, but he would hardly think a month's ablution enough to cleanse him from its impurities, were he once to enter it; and depend upon it, Mr.
Indeed, there is much reason to imagine that there was not the least truth in what Mr Western affirmed, especially as he laid the scene of those impurities at the university, where Mr Allworthy had never been.
In a little dirty room with the painted panels of its walls filthy with spittle, and conversation audible through the thin partition from the next room, in a stifling atmosphere saturated with impurities, on a bedstead moved away from the wall, there lay covered with a quilt, a body.
One of these drawers lay on the small table attached to his chair; and near it were some tiny jeweller's brushes, a wash-leather "stump," and a little bottle of liquid, all waiting to be used in various ways for the removal of any accidental impurities which might be discovered on the coins.
Above all, in public institutions, and throughout the whole of every town and city, the system of ventilation, and drainage, and removal of impurities requires to be thoroughly revised.
Was it you, thus baptized unto Death, with these flying impurities now flung upon your face?
The crowded mirror of the Horican was gone; and, in its place, the green and angry waters lashed the shores, as if indignantly casting back its impurities to the polluted strand.
It was cool, free to admit the air, scrupulously clean, and elevated above the dampness and impurities of the ground.
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ICH M7 provides a framework for the identification, categorization, qualification, and control of mutagenic impurities to limit potential carcinogenic risk and USP 232 and USP 233 provides direction related to Elemental ImpuritiesLimits and Procedures.
Built on the proprietary multi-technique, vendor-agnostic ACD/Spectrus Platform, LUMINATA offers data standardization and visualization for comprehensive substance impurity characterization as well as the associated formation and fate of impurities, with chromatographic and spectral data.