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vaporize

 [va´por-īz]
to convert into vapor or to be transformed into vapor.
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va·por·ize

(vā'pŏr-īz),
1. To convert a solid or liquid into a vapor.
2. To apply a vapor therapeutically.
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va·por·ize

(vā'pŏr-īz)
1. To convert a solid or liquid into a vapor.
2. To apply a vapor therapeutically.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Vaporize

To dissolve solid material or convert it into smoke or gas.
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This heat can vaporize the material that the laser beam hits.
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184), form where lightning discharges melt and vaporize soil along their paths.
James Klemaszewski of the Academic Research Lab in Phoenix and his colleagues theorize that as some of the ice in the spires vaporizes, it leaves behind the dark dust.
"The liquid in the battery is an organic, so it vaporizes," he says.
Io's lava vaporizes sulfur dioxide to drive towering plumes just as Earth's lava vaporizes water to power geysers like Old Faithful.
The current vaporizes the strands into a plasma, an intensely hot gas of atoms shorn of electrons.