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 Initially, doctors in San Antonio worried about reports from China and New York of high rates of infections among hospital staff, especially with breathing supports that could aerosolize the virus. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Here’s what San Antonio doctors have learned about treating COVID-19," 19 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 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 Virus particles can be found in feces and can aerosolize when the toilet is flushed. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "A user's guide to drive-in movie theaters: Staying safe and having fun," 12 June 2020 All that bubbling, swirling and splashing can aerosolize fecal waste, sending tiny particles airborne. William Petri, The Conversation, "What goes into the toilet doesn’t always stay there, and other coronavirus risks in public bathrooms," 5 June 2020 The current concern about nebulizers is that if they are used by a patient with a respiratory infection, the nebulizer could aerosolize droplets containing virus, allowing the virus to stay in the air longer. The Conversation, oregonlive, "6 things people with asthma need to know about their risk of more severe coronavirus illness," 9 Apr. 2020 The question has to do with whether the new coronavirus spreads mostly by droplets that don’t linger for long in the air or also by tinier aerosolized particles. Time, "White House Moves Toward Promoting Face Masks to Fight Coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 The patient in that room was intubated and might have had treatments that aerosolized the virus and would have spread it throughout the whole unit yesterday. Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, "Life and Death, But No Trash Pickup: Diary of a Young COVID-19 Nurse," 24 Apr. 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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2 Jul 2020

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“Aerosolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerosolize. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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