1. American
   to embalm
   The majority of corpses are no more contaminated than a leg of mutton, a side of bacon, or a flitch of beef:
    The incentive to select quality merchandise would be materially lessened if the body of the deceased were not decontaminated and made presentable. (J. Mitford, 1963 — the survivors will spend more if the corpse is spruced up)
   2. to destroy evidence
   You wipe a disk or destroy a file ahead of an investigation.

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  • decontaminate — de con*tam i*nate (d[ e] k[u^]n*t[a^]m [i^]*n[=a]t), v. t. To remove contamination or contaminants from, by a cleansing process; usually used of radioactive, infectious, or toxic materials; as, to decontaminate clothing worn by persons with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decontaminate — verb absterge, antisepticize, clean, cleanse, depurate, deterge, disinfect, fumigate, hygienize, lustrate, make aseptic, make disease free, make germ free, make healthful, make hygienic, make innoxious, make pure, make salubrious, make wholesome …   Law dictionary

  • decontaminate — 1936, from DE (Cf. de ) + CONTAMINATE (Cf. contaminate). Originally in reference to poison gas. Related: Decontaminated; decontaminating …   Etymology dictionary

  • decontaminate — [v] clean antiseptize, cleanse, disinfect, fumigate, make sterile, purify, sanitize, sterilize, wash; concepts 161,165 …   New thesaurus

  • decontaminate — ► VERB ▪ remove dangerous substances from. DERIVATIVES decontamination noun …   English terms dictionary

  • decontaminate — [dē΄kəntam′ə nāt΄] vt. decontaminated, decontaminating to rid of a polluting or harmful substance, as poison gas, radioactive products, etc. decontamination n …   English World dictionary

  • decontaminate — UK [ˌdiːkənˈtæmɪˌneɪt] / US [ˌdɪkənˈtæmɪˌneɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms decontaminate : present tense I/you/we/they decontaminate he/she/it decontaminates present participle decontaminating past tense decontaminated past participle… …   English dictionary

  • decontaminate — decontamination, n. decontaminative, adj. decontaminator, n. /dee keuhn tam euh nayt /, v.t., decontaminated, decontaminating. 1. to make (an object or area) safe for unprotected personnel by removing, neutralizing, or destroying any harmful… …   Universalium

  • decontaminate — de|con|tam|i|nate [ˌdi:kənˈtæmıneıt] v [T] to remove a dangerous substance from somewhere →↑contamination ▪ It may cost over $5 million to decontaminate the whole site. >decontamination [ˌdi:kəntæmıˈneıʃən] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • decontaminate — [[t]di͟ːkəntæ̱mɪneɪt[/t]] decontaminates, decontaminating, decontaminated VERB To decontaminate something means to remove all germs or dangerous substances from it. [V n] ...procedures for decontaminating pilots hit by chemical weapons. Derived… …   English dictionary

  • decontaminate — verb (T) to remove a dangerous substance from somewhere: It may cost over $5 million to decontaminate the whole site. decontamination noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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