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

Examples of oxidation state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the vanadium ions can change their oxidation state during this process as well. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could “disordered rock salts” bring order to next-gen lithium batteries?," 4 Sep. 2020 The color depends on the oxidation state of the iron atom bound to the muscle. Popular Science, "Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about muscles," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of oxidation state

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Oxidation state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidation%20state. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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