tr.v. de·con·tam·i·nat·ed, de·con·tam·i·nat·ing, de·con·tam·i·nates
1. To eliminate contamination in.
2. To make safe by eliminating poisonous or otherwise harmful substances or agents, such as noxious chemicals, radioactive material, or microorganisms.
de′con·tami·nant (-nənt) n.
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