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Meaning of decontaminate

de•con•tam•i•nate

Pronunciation: (dē"kun-tam'u-nāt"), [key]
— -nated, -nat•ing.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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