One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chemistry. A container or apparatus in which substances are heated in order to sublime them; a sublimer.
2A device for cooling the interior of a spacesuit or spaceship by forced sublimation of ice.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Either from post-classical Latin sublimator vaporizer, or from sublimate + -or.
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