Definition of volatilize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvälədlˌīz/


[with object]
1Cause (a substance) to evaporate or disperse in vapor.
Example sentences
  • All of the jewelers used compressed-gas torches to heat-manipulate metals; in the process, metals were volatilized and subsequently condensed on nearby surfaces.
  • When the trichomes were fully developed, the compounds were volatilized and only residues were responsible for an orange fluorescence in the cell wall area.
  • Essential oils can be distinguished from fatty oils because they can be volatilised by heat and will evaporate.
1.1 [no object] Become volatile; evaporate.
Example sentences
  • Mercury can access the brain by volatilizing from dental fillings, or by crossing the blood-brain barrier after becoming absorbed from foods.
  • After they are applied, many pesticides volatilize into the lower atmosphere, a process that can continue for days, weeks, or months after the application, depending on the compound.
  • Avoid applying herbicides on windy days, and avoid using herbicides that volatilize or move through the soil easily.



Pronunciation: /ˈväləd(ə)lˌīzəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • As the water in the boiler is being heated to produce steam, any volatilizable chemical components present in the water will boil off and combine with the steam being evolved.
  • The main object of coking is to free the bituminous coal from impurities water, hydrocarbons and volatilizable sulphur - leaving in the coke fixed carbon, ash, and the non-volatilizable sulphur.
  • It is obviously inapplicable to substances whose virtues depend in any considerable degree upon readily volatilizable constituents.


Pronunciation: /ˌväləd(ə)ləˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Temperatures of 30°C and higher result in the loss of much of the fruity ester complex through hydrolysis and volatilization and its replacement by substances which smell ‘cooked’.
  • In contrast, many of us are familiar with the pleasant smell of a good whisky or brandy, which also results from the volatilization of certain organic molecules.
  • Urea and nitrogen solutions can lose nitrogen to the atmosphere through ammonia volatilization when surface-applied to high residue soils.
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