Evaporation Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Evaporation

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Evaporation Definition: 

The process by which molecules undergo the a spontaneous transition from the liquid phase to the gas phase. Evaporation is the opposite of condensation.


The gradual drying of damp clothes is caused by the evaporation of water into water vapor.

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