aerosolize

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

Definition of aerosolize

transitive verb

: to disperse (something) as an aerosol : to convert or form into an aerosol … high-energy laser pulses vaporize or aerosolize thin layers from the surface of a bulk sample …— Nancy H. McGuire … a battery-powered device that aerosolizes nicotine for inhalation but does not burn tobacco.— Nancy A. Rigotti Spraying cleaning products into a shower stall and then turning on hot water aerosolizes all those chemicals into everything from bathroom walls to fabric.— Kathryn Matthews

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Other Words from aerosolize

aerosolized adjective
aerosolized medications Infection in humans occurs after inhalation of aerosolized virus or direct contact with infected rodents or their excreta. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Examples of aerosolize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's called airborne contact dermatitis, occurs when plant resins aerosolize, and can be caused by sunflowers, ragweed, and goldenrod. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "3 Common Allergy Rashes—and What They Look Like," 27 Apr. 2021 Evidence collection activities in the field have the potential to aerosolize powders, the CDC states. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "‘I was scared I was going to die’: Jefferson County deputy treated with Narcan after opioid exposure," 7 Apr. 2021 Doroshow suggested the patient receive greater oxygen support from a high-flow nasal cannula, which would aerosolize the virus, requiring her to be moved to a private room. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "During the pandemic, cancer care has taken a hit, researchers say at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium," 8 Dec. 2020 Talking, especially loudly, and singing can aerosolize the virus. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Super spreader events: What they are, how they happen," 5 Oct. 2020 Hospitals initially favored ventilation in part because doctors feared that high-flow therapy oxygen could aerosolize the virus and spread it to staff who didn’t have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Best Time to Get COVID-19," 30 Oct. 2020 The entire plane can remove masks to eat and drink and aerosolize whatever’s in their lungs. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: 2020 election, COVID-19, Dudley Riggs," 23 Sep. 2020 All that bubbling, swirling and splashing can aerosolize fecal waste, sending tiny particles airborne. cleveland, "What goes into the toilet doesn’t always stay there, and other coronavirus risks in public bathrooms," 17 June 2020 All that bubbling, swirling and splashing can aerosolize fecal waste, sending tiny particles airborne. cleveland, "What goes into the toilet doesn’t always stay there, and other coronavirus risks in public bathrooms," 17 June 2020

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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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4 May 2021

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“Aerosolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerosolize. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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aerosolize

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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