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 The goal, Fletcher said, is to get some of the oxidation and esterification reactions that will mellow the whiskey, but slow down the wood interaction and evaporation rates. Gina Pace, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Light and oxidation are what will eventually cause a beer to go stale. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2021 And with a horizontal setup, as opposed to a centrifugal, vertical one, produce experiences less friction and oxidation, fewer moving parts means fewer pieces susceptible to clogs, and the juice doesn’t froth and foam. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 5 Aug. 2021 Hartman explains that the ingredient silymarin prevents oil oxidation that leads to aging, while salicylic acid adds a beta-hydroxy edge to treat blemishes. Allure, 21 July 2021 The aim of the substance is to tighten the road, which Carr said can help prevent cracks, chipping and slow the road’s oxidation process. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, 23 June 2021 This also prevents oxidation, thereby preserving flavor. Claire Porter, Popular Mechanics, 25 May 2021 Acetaldehyde can be produced either from the yeast during alcoholic fermentation or by acetic acid bacteria due to the oxidation of ethanol. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 21 June 2021 However, the researchers are planning another similar experiment to measure oxidation again using more sophisticated equipment. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 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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10 Sep 2021

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