The term aerosol derives from the fact that :-
Matter "floating" in air is a suspension(a mixture in whichsolid or liquid or combined solid-liquid particles aresuspended in a fluid)
To differentiate suspensions from true solutions, the termsol evolved
originally meant to cover dispersions of tiny(sub-microscopic) particles in a liquid.
With studies of dispersions in air, the term aerosol evolvedand now embraces both: liquid droplets, solid particles,and combinations of these.