reducing agent


: a substance that reduces a chemical compound usually by donating electrons

Examples of reducing agent in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reducing agent was in 1816

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“Reducing agent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

reducing agent

: a substance that reduces
especially : a substance (as hydrogen, sodium, or hydroquinone) that donates electrons or a share in its electrons to another substance

called also reductant

compare oxidizing agent

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