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

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 The agency didn’t finalize a rule for regulating vaping devices—which heat and aerosolize nicotine e-liquids, hopefully providing a less-dangerous version of a traditional cigarette—until 2016. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 Incinerators, which were created due to limited space in landfills, emit greenhouse gas and can aerosolize other hazardous pollutants such as mercury and lead. Rachel Ramirez And Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 10 Aug. 2021 It's called airborne contact dermatitis, occurs when plant resins aerosolize, and can be caused by sunflowers, ragweed, and goldenrod. Maggie O'neill,, 27 Apr. 2021 Evidence collection activities in the field have the potential to aerosolize powders, the CDC states. Carol Robinson |, al, 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,, 8 Dec. 2020 Talking, especially loudly, and singing can aerosolize the virus. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, 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, 30 Oct. 2020 The entire plane can remove masks to eat and drink and aerosolize whatever’s in their lungs. Star Tribune, 23 Sep. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aerosolize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of aerosolize

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aerosolize

aerosol + -ize

Learn More About aerosolize

Time Traveler for aerosolize

Time Traveler

The first known use of aerosolize was in 1944

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near aerosolize



aerosol therapy

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for aerosolize

Cite this Entry

“Aerosolize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for 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


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!