- An impurity; an additive that is considered to have an undesirable effect or to dilute the active material so as to reduce its therapeutic or monetary value.
* * *adul·ter·ant ə-'dəl-t(ə-)rənt n an adulterating substance or agentadulterant adj
* * *adul·ter·ant (ə-dulґtər-ənt) a substance used as an addition to another substance for adulteration.
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Adulterant — A*dul ter*ant, n. [L. adulterans, p. pr. of adulterare.] That which is used to adulterate anything. a. Adulterating; as, adulterant agents and processes. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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adulterant — [ə dul′tər ənt] n. a substance that adulterates adj. adulterating; making inferior or impure … English World dictionary
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adulterant — noun Date: circa 1755 an adulterating substance or agent • adulterant adjective … New Collegiate Dictionary
adulterant — /euh dul teuhr euhnt/, n. 1. a substance that adulterates. adj. 2. adulterating. [1745 55; < L adulterant (s. of adulterans, prp. of adulterare), equiv. to ad AD + ulter (see ADULTERATE) + ant ANT] * * * … Universalium
adulterant — An impure, debased, or cheaper substance put into or mixed with another substance. A substance used as a preservative may be an adulterant within the prohibition of a statute or ordinance in relation to pure food. Anne: 50 ALR 76 … Ballentine's law dictionary
adulterant — adulterate ► VERB ▪ make poorer in quality by adding another substance. DERIVATIVES adulterant adjective adulteration noun. ORIGIN Latin adulterare to corrupt … English terms dictionary
adulterant — adj. & n. adj. used in adulterating. n. an adulterant substance … Useful english dictionary
adulterant — noun That which adulterates; or reduces the purity of … Wiktionary