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

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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 In active catalytic oxidation (ACO) pools, a safe chemical agent is dissolved in the pool. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2021 Store them in an airtight container (preferably a glass one, as plastic will absorb odor) to decrease oxidation, moisture absorption, and stinkiness. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 17 May 2021 In their quest to understand the benefits of a lightning bolt, scientists also discovered a previously unknown mechanism thought to be responsible for a large proportion of oxidation in the atmosphere. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 29 Apr. 2021 The grapes are destemmed and cooled to preserve the aromas and prevent oxidation. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Overall, the researchers suspect that hydroxyl and hydroperoxyl could be contributing to global oxidation, Inverse reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2021 Nigeria and Morocco complete the top five biggest polluters from fossil combustion, oxidation and cement production in Africa with 136.8 million and 72 million MtC emitted in 2019 respectively. Tawanda Karombo, Quartz Africa, 15 Dec. 2020 Even the same beloved bottle will be touched by time and oxidation. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 Lilac Leaf Stem Cell Extract, Resveratrol, Glutathione, L-Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E, and Ergothioneine all work together to prevent inflammation, cellular oxidation, and increase hydration. Akili King, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of oxidation was in 1745

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18 Jun 2021

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“Oxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidation. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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