[ vey-per-uh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌveɪ pər əˈzeɪ ʃən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. vaporific,
  2. vaporimeter,
  3. vaporing,
  4. vaporingly,
  5. vaporish,
  6. vaporize,
  7. vaporizer,
  8. vaporosity,
  9. vaporous,
  10. vaporously

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

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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

Medicine definitions for vaporization


[ vā′pə-rĭ-zāshən ]


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

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Culture definitions for vaporization


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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