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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 computer memory, it means "temporary" and not "highly changeable," which is the usual meaning of the word. See volatile memory.
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So the final materials the Moon accumulates are lacking in volatile elements, even in the absence of escape.
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Volatile sulfur compounds were extracted using solid-phase microextraction.
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Before she came to Purdue, Dudareva and colleagues at the University of Michigan isolated three genes for enzymes that form volatile compounds--essential oils which evaporate in warm weather and combine in various proportions to generate distinctive odors that are identical among plants of the same variety.
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