contaminate


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contaminate (someone or something) with (something)

To pollute someone or something through exposure to something foul or dangerous. Be sure to wash your hands first so you don't contaminate the sterile area with germs.
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contaminate someone or something with something

to get someone or something dirty with something; to pollute someone or something with something. Something in the hospital contaminated the patient with a serious infection. The campers learned not to contaminate the outdoors with anything they carried in.
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While analytical techniques resolve in ever-clearer detail the extent to which dioxins and furans contaminate our environment and ourselves, there is one vital piece of the dioxin picture that remains fuzzy--the human toxicity of each of the chemicals that make up this large family.
The base-case release, which is an average of 92 different scenarios under various weather conditions and locations in lower Manhattan, contaminates the equivalent of 4 million 12x12x8-ft rooms.
If you drank the groundwater it contaminates and ate food grown in its tainted soil, you'd still be much safer than the average nuclear power plant employee.
The wind blows and dilutes the concentrated contaminates that we discharge through smokestacks.
A wide variety of other indoor air contaminates are less than 1 micron in size, such as common smog oil smoke, carbon black and paint pigments.