oxide

noun

ox·​ide ˈäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce oxide (audio)
: a binary compound of oxygen with a more electropositive element or group
oxidic adjective

Examples of oxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Take Note The oxide form helps make this supplement budget-friendly, but note that this form can cause gastrointestinal side effects like diarrhea in some people. Casey Seiden, Parents, 24 Feb. 2024 The Illinois team’s implants look like the heads of miniature hairbrushes and are made of iridium oxide, a type of metal. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 15 Apr. 2024 It has been fabricated using conventional battery chemistries such as lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) and lithium nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA, popular for a time in Tesla cars). IEEE Spectrum, 5 Apr. 2024 Magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate are two kinds of magnesium that may prompt this reaction. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 31 Jan. 2024 Ground-level ozone is created when oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) combine. Caralin Nunes, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2024 Energy is released when lithium ions move from the graphite layer to the lithium cobalt oxide layer. WIRED, 27 Oct. 2023 All in all, these new transistors perform roughly as well as state-of-the-art flexible transistors that combine carbon nanotubes, metal oxides, or polycrystalline silicon with plastic films. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Mar. 2024 To-date, every hole drilled at California has intersected near surface, oxidized gold mineralization with minor copper oxides. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French oxide, oxyde, from ox- (from oxygène oxygen) + -ide (from acide acid)

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxide was in 1788

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Cite this Entry

“Oxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxide. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

oxide

noun
ox·​ide ˈäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce oxide (audio)
: a compound of oxygen with another element or a chemical group

Medical Definition

oxide

noun
ox·​ide ˈäk-ˌsīd How to pronounce oxide (audio)
: a binary compound of oxygen with a more electropositive element or chemical group

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