oxidizing agent


Definition of oxidizing agent

: a substance that oxidizes something especially chemically (as by accepting electrons)

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Recent Examples on the Web This by itself was alarming, but not unprecedented: Liquid propellants, long preferred in many Russian missiles, are volatile and have exploded when prematurely brought into contact with oxidizing agents. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of oxidizing agent

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Oxidizing agent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidizing%20agent. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of oxidizing agent

: a substance that oxidizes something especially chemically (as by accepting electrons)

called also oxidant

— compare reducing agent

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