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Contamination

Contamination
The soiling or pollution by inferior material, as by the introduction of organisms into a wound or sewage into a stream.
Origin: L. Contaminatio from con =together – tangere = to touch
The act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors.A substance that contaminates.


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