aero·​sol·​ize | \-ˌsä-ˌlīz, -ˌsȯ-, -sə-\
aerosolized; aerosolizing

Definition of aerosolize 

transitive verb

: to disperse as an aerosol

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aerosolization \ˌar-​ə-​ˌsä-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌsȯ-​, -​sə-​ \ noun

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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 Carfentanil aerosolized into a gas is suspected of being the weapon that Russians used to subdue Chechen terrorists who seized a Moscow theater and threatened to blow it up in 2002. Dan Keating, Washington Post, "See how deadly street opioids like ‘elephant tranquilizer’ have become," 25 Oct. 2017 At about 27 percent the ethanol began to aerosolize, presumably freeing the guaiacol even further. Jenna Gallegos,, "The best way to drink whiskey, according to science," 17 Aug. 2017 The units heat and cool reservoirs of water, and researchers suspected that as the device ventilated heat or pumped water to the blankets, tiny droplets became aerosolized and spread through the operating room, carrying microbes with them. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "We may now know how a rare, lethal microbe infected dozens of people across the globe," 12 July 2017 Infections that aerosolize, like tuberculosis, can linger longer and perhaps be transported easier in regions of the world projected to become more humid. National Geographic, "Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic," 14 June 2017 In a worst case scenario, a single puking episode aerosolized as many as 13,000 virus particles. Sarah Zhang, WIRED, "A Vomiting Machine Shows How Viruses Spread in Puke," 19 Aug. 2015

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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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transitive verb
aero·​sol·​ize | \ˈar-ə-ˌsäl-ˌīz, ˈer-, -ˌsȯl- \
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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