Topic: Latent Heat of Vaporization. Why does steam cause more severe burns than boiling water? It is because steam is jealous of boiling
water. No. It is because of latent heat of vaporization. Latent heat of vaporization is the amount
of heat energy required. To change a unit mass of liquid into vapor at atmospheric pressure at its boiling point. Trust me. Everything just went over my head. Alright. I will explain it to you. Boiling water contains only a specific amount of heat energy required for it to boil. However, as steam is formed from boiling water. It contains the heat energy of boiling water, along with the latent heat of vaporization. Hence, as steam has more heat energy, it can cause more severe burns than boiling water.