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WHAT DOES VOLATILE MEAN IN CHEMISTRY?  

 

In chemicals, the term Volatile is used in the liquid form of substances. Volatility is the speed of a substance at which it changes into a gaseous state. This refers to the ability of a liquid to evaporate quickly into the air. The substance that can easily become a gas even at room temperature is a “volatile substance.” 

A volatile part may have various levels of volatility. The volatile substance also shows higher vapour pressures. The higher the vapour pressure, the higher the degree of the volatile part. Simply put, a substance that can be boiled at low temperatures is known as Volatile. 

For example: 

Mercury is a volatile element that rapidly transforms into vapours. 

Dry ice is a volatile element and readily evaporates into the air at ambient temperature. 

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