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oxidation

[ ok-si-dey-shuhn ]
/ ɒk sɪˈdeɪ ʃən /
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noun Chemistry.
the process or result of oxidizing.
the deposit that forms on the surface of a metal as it oxidizes.
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Also ox·i·di·za·tion [ok-si-duh-zey-shuhn]. /ˌɒk sɪ dəˈzeɪ ʃən/.

Origin of oxidation

First recorded in 1785–95; oxide + -ation

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British Dictionary definitions for oxidation

oxidation
/ (ˌɒksɪˈdeɪʃən) /

noun
  1. the act or process of oxidizing
  2. (as modifier)an oxidation state; an oxidation potential

Derived forms of oxidation

oxidational, adjectiveoxidative, adjective
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Scientific definitions for oxidation

oxidation
[ ŏk′sĭ-dāshən ]

The chemical combination of a substance with oxygen.
A chemical reaction in which an atom or ion loses electrons, thus undergoing an increase in valence. Removing an electron from an iron atom having a valence of +2 changes the valence to +3. Compare reduction.

Other words from oxidation

oxidative adjective
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Cultural definitions for oxidation

oxidation

Any chemical reaction in which a material gives up electrons, as when the material combines with oxygen. Burning is an example of rapid oxidation; rusting is an example of slow oxidation. (See combustion and reduction.)

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