Definition of oxidation in English:



mass nounChemistry
  • The process or result of oxidizing or being oxidized.

    • ‘The silver metal gives up some of its electrons and forms silver sulfide in a process called oxidation.’
    • ‘In the case of ethanol, oxidation can occur under the action of certain species of bacteria.’
    • ‘The drop in pH is probably mainly due to oxidation of upward diffusing sulphide.’
    • ‘Elemental bromine is made by oxidation, removal of electrons from bromide ions in brine.’
    • ‘On ageing, textiles are usually damaged by oxidation or acid-catalysed hydrolysis.’
    discoloration, rust, tarnishing, blackening, film, patina
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Late 18th century: from French ( modern French oxydation), from oxider ‘oxidize’.