atomize

verb at·om·ize \ ˈa-tə-ˌmīz \
Updated on: 1 Apr 2018

Definition of atomize

atomized; atomizing
1 : to treat as made up of many discrete units
2 : to reduce to minute particles or to a fine spray
3 : divide, fragment
  • an atomized society
; also : to deprive of meaningful ties to others
  • atomized individuals
4 : to subject to attack by nuclear weapons

atomization

play \ˌa-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of atomize in a Sentence

  1. this medication for athlete's foot is atomized so that it can be sprayed on from an aerosol can

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First Known Use of atomize

1865

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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atomize

transitive verb at·om·ize
variants: or British atomise play \ˈat-ə-ˌmīz\

medical Definition of atomize

atomized or British atomised; atomizing or British atomising
: to convert to minute particles or to a fine spray
  • an atomized medicated powder

atomization

or British atomisation play \ˌat-ə-mə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

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