tr.v. at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing, at·om·iz·es
1. To reduce to or separate into atoms.
2. To reduce to tiny particles or a fine spray.
3. To break into small fragments.
4. Informal To subject to bombardment with atomic weapons.
at′om·i·zation (-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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