verb (used with object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for atomize
Word Origin and History for atomize
"reduce to atoms," 1845; "reduce a liquid to a very fine mist," 1865, verb formed from atom + -ize. Related: Atomized; atomizing. Originally in reference to medical treatment for injured or diseased lungs; sense of "to destroy with atomic weapons" is from 1945.