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

Definition of oxygenate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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



Definition of oxygenate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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oxygenation \ ˌäk-​si-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) , äk-​ˌsi-​jə-​ \ noun

Examples of oxygenate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 He was ultimately transferred to Houston Methodist, where he was put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to pump and oxygenate his blood for him. Gina Sunseri, ABC News, 16 June 2021 He was placed on a ventilator and then on an ECMO machine (to oxygenate the blood outside the body). Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 La Maison Valmont offers a 10-minute facial to deeply hydrate, depollute, and oxygenate your skin. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2021 Frog lungs, Lee’s team has shown, are basically noise-canceling headphones that also happen to oxygenate the blood. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 Mar. 2021 On August 4, she was placed on ECMO, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, to oxygenate her blood while the ventilator opened her lungs through positive pressure. Stephanie Gallman, CNN, 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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

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1788, in the meaning defined above


1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Oxygenate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxygenate. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oxygenate

: to add oxygen to (something)


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

Medical Definition of oxygenate

: to impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen oxygenated blood better to oxygenate the patient firstAnesthesia Digest

Other Words from oxygenate

oxygenation \ ˌäk-​si-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən, äk-​ˌsij-​ə-​ How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) \ noun


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