autoxidation

noun

au·​tox·​i·​da·​tion ȯ-ˌtäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce autoxidation (audio)
: oxidation by direct combination with oxygen (as in air) at ordinary temperatures

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Autoxydation (now Autoxidation), from aut- aut- + Oxydation oxidation

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autoxidation was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Autoxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autoxidation. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

autoxidation

noun
au·​tox·​i·​da·​tion ȯ-ˌtäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce autoxidation (audio)
variants also auto-oxidation
: oxidation by direct combination with oxygen (as in air) at ordinary temperatures
the rancidity of fats and oils is caused by autoxidation

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