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contaminate

[kən′tam·ə‚nāt]
(science and technology)
To render unfit or to soil by the introduction of foreign or unwanted material.
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But it's possible to accidentally contaminate a sample with oxygen once it is brought to the surface.
It is possible that mycobacteria commonly contaminate MRFs even in the absence of HP.
Geologists have recognized for decades that NORM could contaminate equipment and wastes at nearly any mineral-extraction site.