oxidation

noun

ox·​i·​da·​tion ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio)
1
: the act or process of oxidizing
2
: the state or result of being oxidized
oxidative adjective
oxidatively adverb

Examples of oxidation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But different methods of processing the plant’s leaves produce different types of teas, with the level of oxidation affecting the color and flavor of the resulting beverage. Charlene Wang De Chen, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 Studies show that taking pepper extracts can result in a higher calorie burn and better fat oxidation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 To make green tea, manufacturers dehydrate, heat and shape the leaves, preventing oxidation and preserving the plant’s original color. Charlene Wang De Chen, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 Plastics are complex cocktails of long chains of carbon, called polymers, mixed in with chemical additives, small molecules that help mold the polymers into their final shape and imbue them with resistance to oxidation, UV exposure, and other wear and tear. WIRED, 31 July 2023 Oolong tea, which can appear green or black in color, is a distinct variation that falls somewhere in the middle, with leaves undergoing partial oxidation. Charlene Wang De Chen, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 The underside of the lid did show some signs of not sealing well; there was some oxidation because of the oil and condensation. Rennie Dyball, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Furthermore, oxidation is prevented by the presence of gold. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 25 Sep. 2023 And be sure to check the suspension mounting points, front and rear; catastrophic oxidation here is common and very challenging to repair. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, from oxider, oxyder to oxidize, from oxide

First Known Use

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxidation was in 1745

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Cite this Entry

“Oxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidation. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio)
1
: the process of oxidizing
2
: the state or result of being oxidized
oxidative adjective

Medical Definition

oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio)
1
: the act or process of oxidizing
2
: the state or result of being oxidized

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