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taint

noun A popular term for the mucocutaneous tissue between the anus and the scrotum or vagina; perineum.

taint

(tānt) [O.Fr. teint, color, tint]
1. To spoil or cause putrefaction, as in tainted meat.
2. To contaminate.
tainted, adjective
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CREON She shall be taken to some desert place By man untrod, and in a rock-hewn cave, With food no more than to avoid the taint That homicide might bring on all the State, Buried alive.
2) At this thou touchest my most poignant pain, My ill-starred father's piteous disgrace, The taint of blood, the hereditary stain, That clings to all of Labdacus' famed race.
Rather will I sit in a tub under a closed heaven, rather will I sit in the abyss without heaven, than see thee, thou luminous heaven, tainted with passing clouds!
A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other improper or wicked project, will be less apt to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it; in the same proportion as such a malady is more likely to taint a particular county or district, than an entire State.
And he thought that even the bare suspicion of such an adversary within his house carried with it a taint and a condemnation.
The contamination of her crime spread out, tainted the universe, tainted himself; woke up all the dormant infamies of the world; caused a ghastly kind of clairvoyance in which he could see the towns and fields of the earth, its sacred places, its temples and its houses, peopled by monsters--by monsters of duplicity, lust, and murder.
Once subjected to the chromatic taint, every parental and every childish Circle would demoralize each other.
Indeed, she notes, the average 50 parts per trillion (ppt) dioxin concentration--and the maximum of 258 ppt--that the team measured in the fat of Finnish women's breast milk are within the range at which dioxin taints fat, including that in breast milk, in the U.S.
This text has been written by 13 specialists, including the editor, and they have penned 9 chapters whose titles are: Sensory evaluation of taints and off-flavours; A survey of chemicals causing taints and off-flavours in foods; Analysis of taints and off-flavours; Off-flavours in raw and potable water; Undesirable flavours in dairy products; Oxidative pathways to the formation of off-flavours; Packaging material as a source of taints; A retailer's perspective; and Formation of off-flavours due to microbiological and enzymic action.
Researchers estimate that this bacterium, which produces few if any symptoms in infected chickens, taints 5 to 30 percent of the 5.5 billion broiler chickens raised annually in the United States.
(6)Query whether the foregoing sentence taints these comments and renders them a lobbying communication.
Owing to myriad gasoline leaks, however, MTBE now taints drinking-water supplies throughout the nation.