any substance that lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance
"it is necessary to remove the adulterants before use"
making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials
"the adulterating effect of extraneous materials"
That which adulterates; or reduces the purity of.
that which is used to adulterate anything
adulterating; as, adulterant agents and processes
Origin: [L. adulterans, p. pr. of adulterare.]
An adulterant is a substance found within other substances, although not allowed for legal or other reasons. The addition of adulterants is called adulteration. An adulterant is distinct from, for example, permitted food additives. There can be a fine line between adulterant and additive; chicory may be added to coffee to reduce the cost—this is adulteration if not declared, but may be stated on the label. The term "contamination" is usually used for the inclusion of unwanted substances due to accident or negligence rather than intent. Adulterants added to reduce the amount of expensive product in illicit drugs are called cutting agents. Deliberate addition of toxic adulterants to food or other products for human consumption is poisoning.
The numerical value of adulterant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of adulterant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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