From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
decontaminate \de'con*tam"i*nate\ (d[-e]'k[u^]n*t[a^]m"[i^]*n[=a]t), verb (used with an object) 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 infective disease; decontaminate an area of PCB's after explosion of a transformer. [PJC]
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "decontaminate": absolve, acquit, amnesty, antisepticize, autoclave, boil, chlorinate, clear, delouse, destigmatize, discharge, disinfect, dismiss, dispense from, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exempt from, exonerate, forgive, free, fumigate, give absolution, grant amnesty to, grant immunity, grant remission, hygienize, justify, let go, let off, nonpros, pardon, pasteurize, purge, quash the charge, release, remit, sanitate, sanitize, set free, shrive, sterilize, vindicate, whitewash, withdraw the charge
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