Pronunciation: (kun-tam"u-nā'shun),[key] —n. 1. the act of contaminating.
2. the state of being contaminated.
3. something that contaminates.
4. Ling. a. an alternation in a linguistic form due to the influence of a related form, as the replacement in English of earlier femelle with female through the influence of male. b. the process of forming blends. Cf. blend (def. 9).