from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The process of atomizing or the state of being atomized; specifically, in medicine, the reduction of liquids to the form of spray for inhalation or for application to the throat or nasal passages, and for other purposes. Also spelled atomisation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of reducing to atoms, or very minute particles; or the state of being so reduced.
  • noun (Med.) The reduction of fluids into fine spray.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act, or an instance of atomizing

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun annihilation by reducing something to atoms
  • noun separating something into fine particles


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