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superoxide

[ soo-per-ok-sahyd, -sid ]

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. a compound containing the univalent ion O 2 .


superoxide

/ ˌsuːpərˈɒksaɪd /

noun

  1. any of certain metal oxides that contain the O 2 ion

    potassium superoxide, KO2



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Word History and Origins

Origin of superoxide1

First recorded in 1840–50; super- + oxide

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Example Sentences

Finely ground platinum brought in contact with hydrogen-superoxide divides it into hydrogen and oxygen.

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