- a combining form meaning “sharp,” “acute,” “keen,” “pointed,” “acid,” used in the formation of compound words: oxycephalic; oxygen; oxymoron.
Origin of oxy-1
< Greek, combining form of oxýs sharp, keen, acid
- a combining form representing oxygen in compound words, sometimes as an equivalent of hydroxy-: oxychloride.
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- denoting something sharp; acuteoxytone
Word Origin for oxy-
from Greek, from oxus
- containing or using oxygenoxyacetylene
- a former equivalent of hydroxy-
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Word Origin and History for oxy-
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- Oxygen, especially additional oxygen:oxygenation.
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