ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio) \

Definition of oxidation

1 : the act or process of oxidizing
2 : the state or result of being oxidized

Other Words from oxidation

oxidative \ ˈäk-​sə-​ˌdā-​tiv How to pronounce oxidation (audio) \ adjective
oxidatively adverb

Examples of oxidation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its two-way action creates a random pattern for quickly knocking out oxidation and eliminating swirl marks without harming paint. Jack Keebler, Car and Driver, 6 May 2022 Ionizers were a little less efficient, but photocatalytic oxidation and UV lights were better. Jen Christensen, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Rich in antioxidants, this ingredient detoxifies the skin and forms a shield against damage caused by free radicals and oxidation. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 In our modern oceans, organic carbon is mainly consumed through oxidation, a process by which microbes in the ocean use oxygen to break down organic matter, such as detritus that has settled in sediment. David Bressan, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The results pointed to a clear link between caffeine consumption and enhanced fat oxidation during exercise. Mike Wehner, BGR, 23 Mar. 2021 Adrenochrome is a chemical produced by the oxidation of adrenaline, according to a description from PubChem, a database of chemical molecules maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2022 Spears, who lives in Anderson, remembers immediately smelling the oxidation in the beer, the smell of wet cardboard and finding a yeast cake at the bottom of the can. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 29 Jan. 2022 In one illustrative study, a high-fat diet (60% of energy intake) eaten for just two days caused nearly a doubling in the rate of fat oxidation at a moderate exercise intensity in comparison to a diet that was only 22% fat. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 24 July 2020 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Oxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidation. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio) \

Kids Definition of oxidation

: the process of oxidizing


ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxidation

1 : the act or process of oxidizing
2 : the state or result of being oxidized

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