nebulize

[ neb-yuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈnɛb yəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), neb·u·lized, neb·u·liz·ing.

to reduce to fine spray; atomize.

verb (used without object), neb·u·lized, neb·u·liz·ing.

to become vague, indistinct, or nebulous.

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Also especially British, neb·u·lise.

Origin of nebulize

First recorded in 1870–75; nebul(a) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM nebulize

neb·u·li·za·tion, nounneb·u·liz·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for nebulizer

  • 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 (1 of 2)

nebulizer

nebuliser

/ (ˈnɛbjʊˌlaɪzə) /

noun

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 systemAlso called: inhalator

British Dictionary definitions for nebulizer (2 of 2)

nebulize

nebulise

/ (ˈnɛbjʊˌlaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to convert (a liquid) into a mist or fine spray; atomize

Derived forms of nebulize

nebulization or nebulisation, noun
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Medical definitions for nebulizer

nebulizer
[ nĕbyə-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.
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Scientific definitions for nebulizer

nebulizer
[ nĕbyə-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.
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