oxidation

noun
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 oxidative (audio) \ adjective
oxidatively adverb

Examples of oxidation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The admiralty style anchor, commonly used between the Civil War and World War II, is heavily striated — time and oxidation have given it the appearance of driftwood. Author: Sam Allen, Anchorage Daily News, "Dredging near Ketchikan reveals big anchor that could be a century old," 10 Feb. 2020 Blackheads are not caused by dirt blocking the pores, but rather by oxidation (a chemical reaction that occurs when the oil reacts with oxygen in the air). NBC News, "The best treatments for teen acne, according to dermatologists," 14 Feb. 2020 Corn requires sub-irrigation, meaning it is watered at the root level, and that causes the oxidation that damages the soil. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "The delta’s sinking islands," 12 Jan. 2020 Apeel’s protective coating keeps produce looking and tasting fresher longer by slowing the water loss and oxidation that contributes to deterioration. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "A food tech startup has a new way to keep avocados fresh, but its CEO can’t wait to use the coating on what he calls the most polluting vegetable: Asparagus.," 18 Sep. 2019 Plus, the chemical reaction between oxygen and copper (oxidation) can cause the shiny, reddish-brown sheen of your cookware to turn black. Katherine Martinelli, Popular Science, "The key to cleaning copper cookware is probably in your fridge," 24 Jan. 2020 Apeel’s protective coating keeps produce looking and tasting fresher longer by slowing the water loss and oxidation that contributes to deterioration. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "A food tech startup has a new way to keep avocados fresh, but its CEO can’t wait to use the coating on what he calls the most polluting vegetable: Asparagus.," 18 Sep. 2019 The EuroCave Royale, for example, is a $14,000 wine cellar that maintains what the marketer says is the perfect temperature (53.6 degrees F.) and humidity (70%), controls air quality, limits vibrations and protects wine from UV rays and oxidation. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "How to Protect Your Wine Collection," 13 Sep. 2018 In science speak, caramelization is the oxidation of sugars. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "3 Tricks for Perfect, Never-Burnt, Caramelized Onions," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidation. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for oxidation

oxidation

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

Kids Definition of oxidation

: the process of oxidizing

oxidation

noun
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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