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atomize (v.)

"reduce to atoms," 1829; "reduce a liquid to a very fine mist," 1860, verb formed from atom + -ize. Related: Atomized; atomizing. Originally in reference to medical treatment for injured or diseased lungs; sense of "to destroy with atomic weapons" is from 1945.

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Definitions of atomize

atomize (v.)
spray very finely;
atomize perfume
Synonyms: atomise
atomize (v.)
strike at with firepower or bombs;
Synonyms: nuke / atomise / zap
atomize (v.)
break up into small particles;
the fine powder had been atomized by air
Synonyms: atomise
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