oxygenate

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verb

ox·​y·​gen·​ate ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) äk-ˈsi-jə- How to pronounce oxygenate (audio)
oxygenated; oxygenating

transitive verb

: to impregnate, combine, or supply (something, such as blood) with oxygen
oxygenation noun

oxygenate

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noun

: an oxygen-containing substance (such as ethanol) used especially in gasoline to promote more complete combustion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In general, Impella devices are used when a patient’s heart isn’t pumping enough blood to oxygenate the body, to increase the rate of blood flow, or for a patient undergoing a high-risk heart surgery, to help the heart function during the procedure. Madison Muller, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 Tasting the wines side-by-side, the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen team assessed color, aroma, taste and finish, swirling the glass before each sip to oxygenate the wine and open up its flavors and aromas. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 All all the ingredients (except the cider) to a shaker with ice and mix using the throwing technique (a method of pouring the cocktail from one shaker to another via a long pour) to oxygenate the mixture. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2021 There, a ventilator breathed for her; when that wasn’t enough, doctors used an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to pump her blood outside her body and oxygenate it there before putting it back in. Caroline Catherman, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Hospitals were able to provide treatments that oxygenate the blood, which don’t necessarily work with elderly patients affected during the initial surges. Willoughby Mariano, ajc, 14 Oct. 2021 Whatley said at one point Richardson was on a waiting list to be transferred to UAB for ECMO treatment -- a machine that acts as an artificial heart and lungs, pumping blood out of a patient to oxygenate it and then pumping it back in. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 23 Aug. 2021 They have been put on ventilators or machines that pump and oxygenate their blood outside the body to give their hearts and lungs a chance to rest. NBC News, 2 Aug. 2021 Their leaves provide shade and their root systems help to filter impurities and to oxygenate the water. Karen Bruno, WSJ, 23 June 2021
Noun
It was replaced with MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether), an oxygenate. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Significant improvement was also seen in three of four patients whose illnesses were so severe they had been placed on a bypass machine to filter, oxygenate and pump their blood. Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2020 Demand was given a boost by the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990, which spurred the use of ethanol as an oxygenate to combat pollution, and the RFS, created in 2005 and expanded two years later. 6. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2019 Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Candace Bryan, Good Housekeeping, 4 Sep. 2015 The original premise for using an oxygenate in our gasoline was to improve air quality. star-telegram, 28 Apr. 2018 That was the red line crossed that took MTBE out of our gasoline and moved the nation over to ethanol as our fuel oxygenate. star-telegram, 20 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1788, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxygenate was in 1788

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Cite this Entry

“Oxygenate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxygenate. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

oxygenate

verb

ox·​y·​gen·​ate
ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt,
äk-ˈsij-ə-
oxygenated; oxygenating
: to combine or supply with oxygen
oxygenation
ˌäk-si-jə-ˈnā-shən
äk-ˌsij-ə-
noun

Medical Definition

oxygenate

transitive verb

ox·​y·​gen·​ate ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) äk-ˈsij-ə- How to pronounce oxygenate (audio)
oxygenated; oxygenating
: to impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen
oxygenated blood
better to oxygenate the patient first Anesthesia Digest
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