heat of vaporization

noun Physics.

the heat absorbed per unit mass of a given material at its boiling point that completely converts the material to a gas at the same temperature: equal to the heat of condensation.

Nearby words

  1. heat of fusion,
  2. heat of reaction,
  3. heat of solidification,
  4. heat of solution,
  5. heat of sublimation,
  6. heat prostration,
  7. heat pump,
  8. heat rash,
  9. heat reservoir,
  10. heat shield

Compare latent heat.

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Science definitions for heat of vaporization

heat of vaporization

The amount of heat required to convert a liquid into a gas at constant temperature and pressure. A gas releases the same amount of heat when it becomes liquid. Compare heat of fusion.
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