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oxidize

[ ok-si-dahyz ]
/ 藞蓲k s瑟藢da瑟z /
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verb (used with object), ox路i路dized, ox路i路diz路ing.
to convert (an element) into an oxide; combine with oxygen.
to cover with a coating of oxide or rust.
to take away hydrogen, as by the action of oxygen; add oxygen or any nonmetal.
to remove electrons from (an atom or molecule), thereby increasing the valence.Compare reduce (def. 12).
verb (used without object), ox路i路dized, ox路i路diz路ing.
to become oxidized.
(especially of white wine) to lose freshness after prolonged exposure to air and often to darken in color.
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Also especially British, ox路i路dise .

Origin of oxidize

First recorded in 1795鈥1805; oxide + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for oxidize

oxidize

oxidise

/ (藞蓲ks瑟藢da瑟z) /

verb
to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen, as in formation of an oxide
to form or cause to form a layer of metal oxide, as in rusting
to lose or cause to lose hydrogen atoms
to undergo or cause to undergo a decrease in the number of electronsCompare reduce (def. 12c)

Derived forms of oxidize

oxidization or oxidisation, noun
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Medical definitions for oxidize

oxidize
[ 艔ks沫-d墨z鈥 ]

v.
To combine with oxygen; change into an oxide.
To increase the positive charge or valence of an element by removing electrons.
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Scientific definitions for oxidize

oxidize
[ 艔ks沫-d墨z鈥 ]

To undergo or cause to undergo oxidation.
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