oxy-

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  1. 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

oxy-

2
  1. a combining form representing oxygen in compound words, sometimes as an equivalent of hydroxy-: oxychloride.
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British Dictionary definitions for oxy-

oxy-

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combining form
  1. denoting something sharp; acuteoxytone

Word Origin for oxy-

from Greek, from oxus

oxy-

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combining form
  1. containing or using oxygenoxyacetylene
  2. a former equivalent of hydroxy-
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Word Origin and History for oxy-

word-forming element meaning "sharp, pointed; acid," from Greek oxy-, comb. form of oxys "sharp, pungent" (see acrid). Also used as a comb. form of oxygen.

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oxy- in Medicine

oxy-

pref.
  1. Oxygen, especially additional oxygen:oxygenation.
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