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volatile

1. (of a substance) capable of readily changing from a solid or liquid form to a vapour; having a high vapour pressure and a low boiling point
2. Computing (of a memory) not retaining stored information when the power supply is cut off
3. a volatile substance

volatile

[′väl·əd·əl]
(chemistry)
Readily passing off by evaporation.

volatile

Descriptive of a substance which passes off easily as a gas or vapor, evaporating quickly.

volatile

(programming)

volatile

(storage)

volatile

With regard to RAM memory, volatile means "temporary" rather than "highly changeable," which is the usual meaning of the word in English. See volatile memory and volatility.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Scientists combined dynamical, thermal, and chemical models of the Moon's formation to explain the relative lack of volatile elements in lunar rocks.
The losses mostly involved methanol, which composed 35% to 55% of the total volatiles lost.
An insect ecologist who has also studied plant volatiles, Rick Karban of the University of California, Davis comments, "The significance of this [study] to me is that it indicates that without a central nervous system, plants are capable of behaving in ways that appear fairly sophisticated.
They may well need to upgrade inspection procedures to scrutinize scrap shipments carefully for volatile substances.
If these countries do not neglect the development of industries which process volatile oils and other fragrance materials, Indonesia - which has large land that turns out various types of agricultural produce - should also give priorities to the development of such industries.
This extruder and thermoformer of polypropylene and polystyrene food-service items like deli containers, trays, plates, bowls, and lids needs vacuum venting to remove volatile processing additives that it compounds into PP.
CEP utilized the gas chromatograph mass spectrometer system to identify the volatiles within the fish tissue.
Volatiles were analyzed in triplicate using solid-phase microextraction with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
estimates that the present list of known scent genes and their associated enzymes can account for the cellular synthesis of no more than 5 percent of the plant volatiles that scientists have identified.
Section 2 - Biotechnological Production of Flavour includes Genesis of Aroma Compounds in Phototrophic Cell Culture of Grapefruit; Microbial Production of Bioflavours by Fungal Spores; Biotechnological Production of Vanillin; Production of Natural Flavours by Fermentation; Volatiles produced by Staphylococcus xylosus growing in Meat/Fat Systems Simulating Fermented Sausage Minces with Different Ingredient Levels; Baker's Yeast Reduction of 2,3-Pentanedione to Natural 3-Hydroxy-2-pentanone.
An optional and useful structural properties test is the volatiles test.