[vey-per-uh-zey-shuh n]


the act of vaporizing.
the state of being vaporized.
the rapid change of water into steam, especially in a boiler.
Medicine/Medical. a vapor therapy.

Origin of vaporization

First recorded in 1790–1800; vapor + -ization
Related formsre·va·por·i·za·tion, noun
Can be confusedevanescence evaporation liquefaction melting thawing transpiration vaporization Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vaporization

Contemporary Examples of vaporization

  • But after Bernie (A.B.), after the vaporization of $17 billion of primarily Jewish wealth, everything changed.

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    Who Killed the Yummy Mummy?

    Molly Jong-Fast

    January 8, 2009

Historical Examples of vaporization

  • We know that it is consumed in the molecular work of vaporization.

  • It is, in fact, steamed by the vaporization of its own water.

  • In cold weather especially this is a valuable aid to vaporization.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • What are two advantages of the high heat of vaporization of water?


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • Heat Measurement; specific heat, heat of fusion, of vaporization, combustion.


    Willis Eugene Tower

Word Origin and History for vaporization

1799, noun of action from vaporize. In same sense Middle English had vaporacioun (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vaporization in Medicine




The conversion of a solid or liquid into a vapor.
Therapeutic application of a vapor.
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vaporization in Culture


In physics and chemistry, the conversion of a solid or a liquid into a gas. (See boiling point, phases of matter, and sublimation.)

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