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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But it's possible to accidentally contaminate a sample with oxygen once it is brought to the surface.
It is possible that mycobacteria commonly contaminate MRFs even in the absence of HP.
Geologists have recognized for decades that NORM could contaminate equipment and wastes at nearly any mineral-extraction site.
5 of the more than 70 tons of the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that contaminate the Hudson River.
In the July/ August JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, the researchers report finding two nitrosamines--known as NMAMPA and NMAMBA--that commonly contaminate local millet and wheat flour, two of the region's food staples.
One of the greatest dangers from PCBs occurs after a transformer fire, when poisonous toxins, carried by soot and smoke, can often contaminate the entire building.