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nebulize

[neb-yuh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), neb·u·lized, neb·u·liz·ing.
  1. to reduce to fine spray; atomize.
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verb (used without object), neb·u·lized, neb·u·liz·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsneb·u·li·za·tion, nounneb·u·liz·er, noun
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Historical Examples of 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

nebulizer

nebuliser

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 systemAlso called: inhalator
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nebulize

nebulise

verb
  1. (tr) to convert (a liquid) into a mist or fine spray; atomize
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Derived Formsnebulization or 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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nebulizer in Medicine

nebulizer

(nĕbyə-lī′zər)
n.
  1. 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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nebulizer in Science

nebulizer

[nĕbyə-lī′zər]
  1. 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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