Definition of Aerosol

1. Noun. A cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas.

Generic synonyms: Cloud
Specialized synonyms: Fog, Haze, Fume, Smoke
Derivative terms: Aerosolise, Aerosolise, Aerosolize, Aerosolize

2. Noun. A dispenser that holds a substance under pressure and that can release it as a fine spray (usually by means of a propellant gas).
Exact synonyms: Aerosol Bomb, Aerosol Can, Aerosol Container, Spray Can
Generic synonyms: Dispenser
Specialized synonyms: Pepper Spray

Definition of Aerosol

1. Adjective. In a gaseous or airborne cloud of particulate matter, either solid, liquid, or gas ¹

2. Noun. A gaseous or airborne cloud of particulate matter, either as a solid, liquid, or gas, which forces another substance out of a spray can. ¹

3. Noun. (physical chemistry) A colloidal system in which the dispersed phase is composed of either solid or liquid particles and in which the dispersal medium is some gas, usually air. ¹

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Definition of Aerosol

1. a gaseous suspension of fine solid or liquid particles [n -S]

Medical Definition of Aerosol

1. A suspension or dispersion of fine particles of a solid or liquid in a gas which can be atomised into a fine mist for inhalation therapy. Often colloids with a gaseous dispersing phase and either liquid (fog) or solid (smoke) dispersed phase; used in fumigation or in inhalation therapy; may contain propellent agents. (25 Jun 1999)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Aerosol

aerosol (current term)
aerosol bomb
aerosol can
aerosol container
aerosol generator
aerosol propellant

Literary usage of Aerosol

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1. Sensor Systems for Biological Agent Attacks: Protecting Buildings And by Bmed, National Research Council (U.S.), ebrary, Inc (2005)
"Performance of Virtual Impactor aerosol Concentrators The effectiveness of a ... Inadvertent losses of aerosol particles on the internal walls of a ..."

2. Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade (1998) edited by Paula Altman (1999)
"Offers "Another Awesome aerosol Adventure" educational unit for students in grades 4 through 8. Included is an 11-minute video produced by the makers of the ..."

3. Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program: Congressional edited by John Warner (2001)
"In another study in non- human primates, a single dose of AVA protected 10 of 10 animals from lethal aerosol challenge at 6 weeks.18 Thus, ..."

4. Niosh Manual of Analytical Methods: Sampling and Analytical Methods for ...edited by Peter M. Eller edited by Peter M. Eller (1994)
"The instrument will respond to all types of aerosol present ... Therefore, measurement of a small amount of a specific aerosol in the presence of a large ..."

5. Biosafety in the Laboratory: Prudent Practices for the Handling and Disposal by National Research Council (U. S.) (1989)
"I. PREVENTION OF aerosol AND DROPLET GENERATION 1. ... If inhaled, the particles in an aerosol are carried to the alveoli of the lungs. ..."

6. Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Protection Against by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"Furthermore, most of the scientists did not see any possibility in generating enough toxic agent in aerosol form (extremely fine mist) for depositing ..."

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