Definition of volatilize in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Cause (a substance) to evaporate or disperse in vapor.

    • ‘The metal containing paint layer is heated to a second temperature for a second period of time in an oxygen-free atmosphere to volatilize the solvents in the paint.’
    • ‘The material used to form the pattern should be something which can be melted, volatilized, or burned off, such as wax or plastic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of the jewelers used compressed-gas torches to heat-manipulate metals; in the process, metals were volatilized and subsequently condensed on nearby surfaces.’
    vaporize, become vapour
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    1. 1.1no object Become volatile; evaporate.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mercury can access the brain by volatilizing from dental fillings, or by crossing the blood-brain barrier after becoming absorbed from foods.’
      • ‘Herbicides also volatilize into the air and are carried to the bay as gases or particulates in the fog, wind, clouds, dust, snow and rain.’
      • ‘Mercury released from broken thermometers may enter the water supply through drains or volatilize into indoor air.’
      • ‘Avoid applying herbicides on windy days, and avoid using herbicides that volatilize or move through the soil easily.’