Meaning of adulterant in English:


Pronunciation /əˈdʌlt(ə)r(ə)nt/

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  • A substance used to adulterate another.

    ‘Crack is a combination of cocaine hydrochloride, baking soda, and other adulterants which gives rise to a rock-like substance.’
    • ‘The adulterants ranged from water in the case of milk, cheaper varieties of oils in the case of edible oils to colours in the case of rice and tea.’
    • ‘Heat is applied to the bottle, thereby separating the adulterants from the rock and leaving behind a gel-like substance containing a concentrated cocaine-based solution.’
    • ‘It's filled with chemicals and adulterants designed to create a consistent flavor and taste across regions.’
    • ‘The State of California's Department of Health Services leading man Dr. Richard Ko briefly explains California's laboratory analysis that searches for heavy metals, chemicals and other adulterants in patent formulas.’
    • ‘The presence of deliberately added adulterants and accidental contaminants in the herb or herbal extract is always a risk when these products are not properly tested for purity.’
    • ‘In doing so, they expose themselves to marijuana which may be contaminated with adulterants and mould.’
    • ‘The sources of poisoning were identified as adulterants or erroneous substitutes.’
    • ‘Except flour or rice powder, all the other adulterants are health hazardous and cause irreparable damage to our system when eaten at regular intervals for a long period of time.’
    • ‘Use of adulterants or spurious materials is another issue that further complicates the quality standards of plants-based traditional remedies.’
    • ‘Not only were they illegally manufacturing and supplying drugs in pubs for social consumption, they were diluting them with adulterants deceiving the people they supplied to increase their profits.’
    • ‘It provides exact information about pigments, binders, extenders (used to improve viscosity and coverage), and adulterants, as well as paint layers.’
    • ‘The beam also contains a significant proportion of mid- and deep-ultraviolet; kills bacteria and decomposes any adulterants on the surface of the meat.’
    • ‘Often times, laboratories that perform drug screening assays are unaware of the various adulterants, detection methods, or their effects on the assay.’
    • ‘Often highly noxious adulterants were used: cayenne pepper, which easily loses its red colour, was tinted with cinnabar, an extremely poisonous mercury compound.’
    • ‘Such coins could be considered as legitimate an element of a piece of jewellery as nine-carat gold, which contains 62.5% of adulterants.’
    • ‘All the many hundreds of non-tobacco adulterants are to be ignored, no matter how indisputably dangerous and deadly.’
    • ‘With new adulterants being developed at an alarming rate, it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with the development of methods to detect these products.’
    • ‘Some herbal products may come with fillers, weeds, or other adulterants, so buy only from top quality suppliers.’
    • ‘It was for the first time that we were able to get the adulterant (carbide pieces) in bulk quantity.’
    contaminant, adulterant, pollutant, foreign body


  • Used in adulterating something.

    • ‘They argued that because the bacteria is naturally occurring, it is not an "adulterant" substance subject to regulation by the government.’


Mid 18th century from Latin adulterant- ‘corrupting’, from the verb adulterare (see adulterate).