nebulize

[neb-yuh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), nebulized, nebulizing.
1.
to reduce to fine spray; atomize.
verb (used without object), nebulized, nebulizing.
2.
to become vague, indistinct, or nebulous.
Also, especially British, nebulise.


Origin:
1870–75; nebul(a) + -ize

nebulization, noun
nebulizer, noun
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nebulize or nebulise (ˈnɛbjʊˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to convert (a liquid) into a mist or fine spray; atomize
 
nebulise or nebulise
 
vb
 
nebuli'zation or nebulise
 
n
 
nebuli'sation or nebulise
 
n

nebulizer or nebuliser (ˈnɛbjʊˌlaɪzə)
 
n
Also called: inhalator 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 system
 
nebuliser or nebuliser
 
n

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nebulizer neb·u·liz·er (něb'yə-lī'zər)
n.
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   (něb'yə-lī'zər)  Pronunciation Key 
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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In a hospital setting, or when a patient cannot use an inhaler, a nebulizer may be used.
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