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adulterant (s) (noun), adulterants (pl)
1. Any substance that decreases the purity or effectiveness of a substance.
2. That which makes something impure or corrupt by adding other inferior materials.
3. Chemical impurities or substances that by law do not belong in a food, pesticide, or other substance: "Some adulterants are added intentionally to lower the manufacturing cost of the product or to modify its characteristics in a deceptive way."
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