adul·ter·ate /ə-'dəl-tə-ˌrāt/ vt -at·ed, -at·ing: to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; esp: to prepare for sale by omitting a valuable ingredient or by replacing more valuable ingredients with less valuable or inert and usu. harmful ingredients or with ingredients different from those claimed
◇ Under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, a device such as a piece of medical equipment that is defective in some way is considered adulterated.
adul·ter·a·tion /ə-ˌdəl-tə-'rā-shən/ n
adul·ter·a·tor /ə-'dəl-tə-ˌrā-tər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb abase, adulterare, change for the worse, contaminate, corrumpere, corrupt, debase, debilitate, defile, degrade, denature, depreciate, deteriorate, devalue, devitalize, impair, infect, lessen, lower the standard, make impure, make lower in quality, mar, pervert, pollute, render spurious, spoil, taint, tamper with, vitiare, vitiate, weaken II index contaminate, corrupt, debase, denature, deteriorate, fake, falsify, harm, impair, infect, lessen, pollute, taint (contaminate)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To corrupt; to mix into a pure or good substance something of poorer quality.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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