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oxidation

[ok-si-dey-shuh n]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. the process or result of oxidizing.
  2. 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-shuh n] /ˌɒk sɪ dəˈzeɪ ʃən/.

Origin of oxidation

First recorded in 1785–95; oxide + -ation
Related formsox·i·da·tion·al, ox·i·da·tive, adjectivenon·ox·i·da·tion, nounnon·ox·i·da·tive, adjectivenon·ox·i·di·za·tion, nouno·ver·ox·i·di·za·tion, nounre·ox·i·da·tion, nounself-ox·i·da·tion, nounun·ox·i·da·tive, adjective
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  • In this regard rapidity of desiccation and subsequent protection from oxidative processes are important factors.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • This measurement represents the basal metabolism of a man at complete rest, when his oxidative activities are at their lowest ebb.

    Food in War Time

    Graham Lusk


British Dictionary definitions for oxidative

oxidation

noun
    1. the act or process of oxidizing
    2. (as modifier)an oxidation state; an oxidation potential
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Derived Formsoxidational, adjectiveoxidative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for oxidative

oxidation

n.

1791, from French oxidation (1787), coined by G. de Morveau and A. Lavoisier, noun of action from oxider "oxidize," from oxide (see oxide).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

oxidative in Medicine

oxidative

(ŏksĭ-dā′tĭv)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by oxidation.
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oxidation

(ŏk′sĭ-dāshən)
n.
  1. The combination of a substance with oxygen.
  2. A reaction in which the atoms in an element lose electrons and the valence of the element is correspondingly increased.
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oxidative in Science

oxidation

[ŏk′sĭ-dāshən]
  1. The chemical combination of a substance with oxygen.
  2. 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.
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Related formsoxidative adjective
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oxidative in Culture

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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