[ vol-uh-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈvɒl ə tlˌaɪz /

verb (used without object), vol·a·til·ized, vol·a·til·iz·ing.

to become volatile; pass off as vapor.

verb (used with object), vol·a·til·ized, vol·a·til·iz·ing.

to make volatile; cause to pass off as vapor.
Also especially British, vol·a·til·ise.

Origin of volatilize

First recorded in 1650–60; volatile + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for volatilization



/ (vɒˈlætɪˌlaɪz) /


to change or cause to change from a solid or liquid to a vapour

Derived Forms

volatilizable or volatilisable, adjectivevolatilization or volatilisation, noun
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Medicine definitions for volatilization


[ vŏl′ə-tl-ĭ-zāshən ]



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