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adulterate vt

: to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element
: to prepare for sale by omitting a valuable ingredient or by replacing more valuable ingredients with less valuable or inert and usually harmful ingredients or with ingredients different from those claimed NOTE: Under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, a device such as a piece of medical equipment that is defective in some way is considered adulterated.
adul·ter·a·tion [ə-dəl-tə-rā-shən]

adul·ter·a·tor [ə-dəl-tə-rā-tər]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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