- to use peroxide as a bleaching agent on (especially the hair).
Origin of peroxide
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Covering her peroxide blond bob was a knit cap that sprouted an enormous feather and lace from its frontal lobe.Head Over Heels for Hats
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February 20, 2009
The lead grid is converted into peroxide of lead and becomes soft.The Automobile Storage Battery
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Chorus girls are inseparable from peroxide, Panhards and Pittsburg.Strictly Business
She had seen a large bottle of peroxide in Mrs. Cole-Mortimer's room.The Angel of Terror
This may be removed by redistillation with peroxide of manganese.
Peroxide of manganese; Braunstein, occurs abundantly in nature.
- short for hydrogen peroxide, esp when used for bleaching hair
- any of a class of metallic oxides, such as sodium peroxide, Na 2 O 2, that contain the divalent ion – O-O –
- (not in technical usage) any of certain dioxides, such as manganese peroxide, MnO 2, that resemble peroxides in their formula but do not contain the – O-O – ion
- any of a class of organic compounds whose molecules contain two oxygen atoms bound together. They tend to be explosive
- (modifier) of, relating to, bleached with, or resembling peroxide
- (tr) to bleach (the hair) with peroxide
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Word Origin and History for peroxide
1804, formed in English from per- "large amount" + oxide. Peroxide blonde is attested from 1918.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A compound, such as sodium peroxide, that contains a peroxy group and yields hydrogen peroxide when treated with an acid.
- Hydrogen peroxide.
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- A compound containing the group O2. Peroxides are strong oxidizers and are used as industrial bleaches. When any peroxide is combined with an acid, one of the products is hydrogen peroxide.
- Hydrogen peroxide.
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