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Definitions for oxidation
ˌɒk sɪˈdeɪ ʃən; -dəˈzeɪ ʃənox·i·da·tion

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  1. oxidation, oxidization, oxidisationnoun

    the process of oxidizing; the addition of oxygen to a compound with a loss of electrons; always occurs accompanied by reduction


  1. oxidationnoun

    The combination of a substance with oxygen.

  2. oxidationnoun

    A reaction in which the atoms of an element lose electrons and the valence of the element increases.


  1. oxidation

    Redox (reduction–oxidation, RED-oks, REE-doks) is a type of chemical reaction in which the oxidation states of substrate change. Oxidation is the loss of electrons or an increase in the oxidation state, while reduction is the gain of electrons or a decrease in the oxidation state. There are two classes of redox reactions: Electron-transfer – Only one (usually) electron flows from the reducing agent to the oxidant. This type of redox reaction is often discussed in terms of redox couples and electrode potentials. Atom transfer – An atom transfers from one substrate to another. For example, in the rusting of iron, the oxidation state of iron atoms increases as the iron converts to an oxide, and simultaneously the oxidation state of oxygen decreases as it accepts electrons released by the iron. Although oxidation reactions are commonly associated with the formation of oxides, other chemical species can serve the same function. In hydrogenation, C=C (and other) bonds are reduced by transfer of hydrogen atoms.


  1. oxidation

    Oxidation is a chemical process that involves the loss of electrons by a molecule, atom, or ion. It typically results in an increase in the oxidation state of the atom that has lost electrons. This process often involves the addition of oxygen or the removal of hydrogen. In terms of oxygen transfer, oxidation can be viewed as the process by which a substance gains oxygen. In broader scientific and industrial contexts, oxidation may also refer to substances that lose electrons, thereby becoming oxidized. It's often associated with the release of energy and is a key component in many chemical reactions including combustion and respiration.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oxidation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oxidation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of oxidation in a Sentence

  1. Bernar Venet:

    The perception for the drivers is the most important. Because of the natural steel color after oxidation, it looks especially spectacular during sunset.

  2. Matteo Boggio Robutti:

    Olive oil has to be kept into a dark bottle in order to preserve it from the action of the sunlight which strongly increases the oxidation quickly lowering the qualities of the olive oil, clear bottles are usually used to attract the clients with the color of the olive oil.

  3. Frederick Simeone:

    The car was in excellent condition out of storage, all of the original bits were there, no missing parts, only the front end was banged in, so we had to hammer that out because it was simply too ugly. The rest of the paint was dull but intact and all we had to do was get rid of the oxidation, and it came out very decent. The only things that we had to replace ended up being brake lines and a few bits of wiring.

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