verb (used with object), de·ox·i·dized, de·ox·i·diz·ing. Chemistry.

to remove oxygen from, especially by reducing an oxide.

Also especially British, de·ox·i·dise.

Origin of deoxidize

First recorded in 1760–70; de- + oxidize
Related formsde·ox·i·di·za·tion, nounde·ox·i·diz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deoxidize




  1. to remove oxygen atoms from (a compound, molecule, etc)
  2. another word for deoxygenate
another word for reduce (def. 12)
Derived Formsdeoxidization or deoxidisation, noundeoxidizer or deoxidiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for deoxidize

1794; see de- + oxidize.

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