Adjective "decontaminating" definition and examples

(Decontaminating may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/diːk(ə)nˈtamɪneɪt/

Definitions and examples

verb

Neutralize or remove dangerous substances, radioactivity, or germs from (an area, object, or person)
  1. 'Numerous hazardous sites around New Zealand have to be decontaminated at considerable expense, but the people who have gained from producing those toxins have incurred no cost.'
  2. 'The British government donated #20 million to decontaminate the sites, a process finally declared complete last week.'
  3. 'The area has not been decontaminated at all, and no environmental studies have measured the quantity of chemicals remaining in the soil and water.'
  4. 'This equipment will be vital for decontaminating people who have come into contact with toxic or chemical materials.'
  5. 'Health workers should remove casualties' clothes and decontaminate their skin then give them clean clothing, such as paper suits, to wear.'
  6. 'The emergency services sealed off the area and decontaminated the affected staff.'
  7. 'Clothing and bedding should also be decontaminated.'
  8. 'The plants were growing well, and no one was allowed in the lab without wearing a full body clean suit and being decontaminated by special showers.'
  9. 'Three patients have caught a superbug in Kingston Hospital's intensive care unit, forcing staff to keep new patients in isolation while the area was fully decontaminated.'
  10. 'About 94 people were evacuated from the mail distribution centre, four of whom were decontaminated and placed in hospital for observation.'

More definitions

1. to make (an object or area) safe for unprotected personnel by removing, neutralizing, or destroying any harmful substance, as radioactive material or poisonous gas.

2. to make free of contamination; purify: to decontaminate a sickroom.

More examples(as adjective)

"carcasses can be decontaminating."

Origin

(decontaminate)