Meaning of decontamination in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdiːk(ə)ntamɪˈneɪʃn/

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mass noun
  • The neutralization or removal of dangerous substances, radioactivity, or germs from an area, object, or person.

    ‘procedures to ensure decontamination of medical equipment’
    • ‘a decontamination chamber’
    • ‘Most poisonings from pesticides do not have a specific antidote, making decontamination the most important intervention.’
    • ‘It is critical to remove any organic material to allow proper decontamination of the area.’
    • ‘The affected area of the beach was cordoned off on Monday of this week and decontamination was completed the following day.’
    • ‘Situated on a brownfield site, which is currently undergoing decontamination, it is anticipated that construction will start in January 2003.’
    • ‘Operating out of four different base clusters the 460th provided chemical decontamination, smoke support operations and chemical reconnaissance.’
    • ‘Why have fire service personnel not been trained in the appropriate decontamination procedures?’
    • ‘The city's hazardous material team had to set up a decontamination tent for patrons and workers.’
    • ‘The wedding went ahead four hours later than planned with guests in green plastic decontamination suits.’
    • ‘Firefighters were given a lecture this week on mass decontamination in the event of a terrorist attack.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the company continues to pay property taxes rather than forking out for a full-scale decontamination.’