Noun Adulterant Definition and Examples







A substance used to adulterate another.
  1. 'Some herbal products may come with fillers, weeds, or other adulterants, so buy only from top quality suppliers.'
  2. '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.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Often times, laboratories that perform drug screening assays are unaware of the various adulterants, detection methods, or their effects on the assay.'
  5. 'Often highly noxious adulterants were used: cayenne pepper, which easily loses its red colour, was tinted with cinnabar, an extremely poisonous mercury compound.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'All the many hundreds of non-tobacco adulterants are to be ignored, no matter how indisputably dangerous and deadly.'
  8. 'In doing so, they expose themselves to marijuana which may be contaminated with adulterants and mould.'
  9. 'The sources of poisoning were identified as adulterants or erroneous substitutes.'
  10. '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.'


Used in adulterating something.
    ((n.) That which is used to adulterate anything.)


    1. a substance that adulterates. adjective

    2. adulterating.


    "golds can have adulterants."
    "adulterants can be in tablets."

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

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