oxidation state


oxidation state

noun

Definition of OXIDATION STATE

:  a positive or negative number that represents the effective charge of an atom or element and that indicates the extent or possibility of its oxidation <the usual oxidation state of sodium is +1 and of oxygen −2> —called also oxidation number

First Known Use of OXIDATION STATE

1942

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