oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən \

Definition of oxidation 

1 : the act or process of oxidizing

2 : the state or result of being oxidized

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Other Words from oxidation

oxidative \ˈäk-​sə-​ˌdā-​tiv \ adjective
oxidatively adverb

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That, honey, is oxidation, which can cause a foundation to change colors throughout the day, due to the chemistry of our skin and exposure to air. Dafra Sanou, Allure, "How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade Match When You Have Dark Skin," 18 July 2018 To preserve cut pears, sprinkle their flesh with lemon juice to prevent oxidation and keep them from browning. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018 Still, once tasters waded past the cardboardlike oxidation, the beer stood out as a gem. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more," 12 July 2018 Electrons are generated via electrochemical redox (reduction–oxidation) reactions, in which negative charges (in the form of electrons) are transferred from one chemical (or metal) to the other. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Charge from Change: Make a Coin Battery," 10 May 2018 The team observed the proteins on their own and also in a betanin mixture, and measured the proteins’ oxidation levels. Dana Dovey, Newsweek, "Beetroot Could Prevent Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Shows," 21 Mar. 2018 Modern cans are lined with non-reactive materials that preserve flavor brilliantly and do a much better job of shielding their contents from light and oxidation. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Underwood Pinot Noir," 29 May 2018 Results showed that oxidation was reduced by up to 90 percent when these proteins were exposed to the beet compound. Dana Dovey, Newsweek, "Beetroot Could Prevent Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Shows," 21 Mar. 2018 Second, oxygen must be available — after all, combustion is essentially an oxidation process that gives off heat and light. Andrew C. Scott, Time, "When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By 'Discover'," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of oxidation

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oxidation

French, from oxider, oxyder to oxidize, from oxide

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oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən \

Kids Definition of oxidation

: the process of oxidizing

oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən \

Medical Definition of oxidation 

1 : the act or process of oxidizing

2 : the state or result of being oxidized

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