from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gaseous suspension of fine solid or liquid particles.
  • n. A substance, such as paint, detergent, or insecticide, packaged under pressure with a gaseous propellant for release as a spray of fine particles.
  • n. An aerosol bomb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dispenser that holds a substance under pressure and that can release it as a fine spray (usually by means of a propellant gas)
  • n. a cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas


aero- + sol(ution).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From aero- < Ancient Greek ἀήρ ("air") + sol ("solution"). (Wiktionary)



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    is aerosoled on
    the Chemistry Wing.
    say I. Long may my
    heroes pay homage
    to what ennobles
    sapiens man - the
    great non-mystery
    of what is conceived
    by puny us to
    be mysterious.

    - Peter Reading, CUT COSTLY RESEARCH!, from Nothing for Anyone, 1977

    June 26, 2008