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nebulize

[neb-yuh-lahyz] /ˈnɛb yəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), nebulized, nebulizing.
1.
to reduce to fine spray; atomize.
verb (used without object), nebulized, nebulizing.
2.
to become vague, indistinct, or nebulous.
Also, especially British, nebulise.
Origin of nebulize
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; nebul(a) + -ize
Related forms
nebulization, noun
nebulizer, noun
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  • Then he gave his nose a squirt or two with his Piper Rhino-Vac nebulizer, just for good measure.

    The Native Soil Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for nebulizer

nebulizer

/ˈnɛbjʊˌlaɪzə/
noun
1.
a device for converting a drug in liquid form into a mist or fine spray which is inhaled through a mask to provide medication for the respiratory system Also called inhalator

nebulize

/ˈnɛbjʊˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to convert (a liquid) into a mist or fine spray; atomize
Derived Forms
nebulization, nebulisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for nebulizer
n.

1865, agent noun from verb nebulize "to reduce to a mist or spray" (1865), from Latin nebula "mist" (see nebula) + -ize. Related: Nebulization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nebulizer in Medicine

nebulizer neb·u·liz·er (něb'yə-lī'zər)
n.
A device used to reduce liquid to an extremely fine cloud, especially for delivering medication to the deep part of the respiratory tract.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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nebulizer in Science
nebulizer
  (něb'yə-lī'zər)   
A device that reduces liquid to an extremely fine cloud, especially used for delivering medication to the deep part of the respiratory tract.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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