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[vey-puh-rahy-zer] /ˈveɪ pəˌraɪ zər/
a person or thing that vaporizes.
a device for turning liquid into vapor, as an atomizer, especially one that converts a medicinal substance into a vapor that is inhaled for respiratory relief.
Origin of vaporizer
First recorded in 1840-50; vaporize + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As we mounted to the platform I could not resist glancing into the vaporizer.

    Unveiling a Parallel

    Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • Nelson opened the valve at the vaporizer and turned over the fly wheel.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Ill have to take the vaporizer apart, and that will take some time.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The exhaust is at E; I is the pipe leading from the vaporizer V to the inlet port in the valve chest.

  • It included experimenting with an Otto engine run with petroleum and a vaporizer and electric ignition with magneto.

    Automobile Biographies

    Lyman Horace Weeks
  • The main air port is at the bottom of the vaporizer, while an auxiliary air inlet is provided at the side of the mixing chamber.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • In spraying, the glaze is thinned considerably and blown through a vaporizer by means of a foot pump.

  • Me to the rescue, thinks I. Id seen you do stunts with the vaporizer thing, you know, so I tried my hand.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • When the motor is running properly, the amount of water fed to the vaporizer and overflowing to the ash-pit is properly adjusted.

  • When the hair has been dressed, sprinkle it with gum and water by means of the vaporizer and then shower on the gold powder.

British Dictionary definitions for vaporizer


a substance that vaporizes or a device that causes vaporization
(med) a device that produces steam or atomizes medication for inhalation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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vaporizer in Medicine

vaporizer va·por·iz·er (vā'pə-rī'zər)
A device used to vaporize medicine for inhaling.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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