aero·​sol·​ize | \ ˈer-ə-ˌsä-ˌlīz How to pronounce aerosolize (audio) , -ˌsȯ-, -sə- \
aerosolized; aerosolizing

Definition of aerosolize

transitive verb

: to disperse as an aerosol

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Other Words from aerosolize

aerosolization \ ˌer-​ə-​ˌsä-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce aerosolization (audio) , -​ˌsȯ-​ , -​sə-​ \ noun

Examples of aerosolize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some diffusers, which act by aerosolizing the oil, release micro-droplets into the air that may collect on the fur of a pet cat. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: A scent-sitive subject: Essential oil diffusers and your cat," 16 Nov. 2019 That part of the device contains a ceramic heated blade, which heats the tobacco up to 350°C (about 662°F)—enough to aerosolize the nicotine, glycerin, and flavors. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "A new heated tobacco product in the US could become an alternative to vaping," 11 Oct. 2019 Although the cause is not yet known, one hypothesis under investigation is whether contaminants in THC vapes, such as vitamin E acetate, could be dangerous when aerosolized and inhaled, state health officials said. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Health officials: 81% of Michigan's vape-related lung injuries involved THC," 24 Sep. 2018 One recent study from Yale University found that vanillin — an extract of the vanilla bean — transforms into chemicals called acetals when aerosolized. NBC News, "What is in a vape? Everything you need to know," 3 Sep. 2019 Each Juul pod, which contains the nicotine liquid that is aerosolized and inhaled, has the same amount of nicotine as is found in one to two packs of cigarettes. Bonnie Halpern-felsher, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Halpern-Felsher: Call this youth crisis what it is: A Juuling epidemic," 19 Aug. 2019 Legionella bacteria can be aerosolized through cooling towers, showers and hot tubs, the statement said. Jessica Villagomez,, "4 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported at Advocate Christ Medical Center," 27 June 2019 They can also be easily aerosolized, such as by a toilet flush. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alarm grows as norovirus outbreak explodes at Olympics; cases quadruple in days," 8 Feb. 2018 The findings, though preliminary, indicate that the devices—which aerosolize nicotine and contain no tobacco—may not be as safe as previously assumed. Janine Wolf,, "E-Cigarettes May Lead to Cancer and Heart Disease, New Study Finds," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of aerosolize

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aerosolize

aerosol + -ize

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30 Nov 2019

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“Aerosolize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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transitive verb
aero·​sol·​ize | \ ˈar-ə-ˌsäl-ˌīz, ˈer-, -ˌsȯl- How to pronounce aerosolize (audio) \
aerosolized; aerosolizing

Medical Definition of aerosolize

: to disperse (as a medicine, bactericide, or insecticide) as an aerosol aerosolized pentamidine, which is sprayed directly into the lungs— C. C. Mann

Other Words from aerosolize

aerosolizer noun

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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