Definition of oxygenate in English:



[with object]
  • Supply, treat, charge, or enrich with oxygen.

    ‘the lungs oxygenate the blood before it returns to the heart’
    • ‘Blueberries are also rich in a plant chemical group called anthocyanins, which help oxygenate the skin and keep it looking young.’
    • ‘A fountain oxygenates water to fight algae, the harmful byproduct of geese droppings.’
    • ‘Since blood is oxygenated in the placenta, there is no need for pulmonary circulation and left sided pumping of blood.’
    • ‘The rest are beneficial because they oxygenate the water.’
    • ‘What the machine does is push oxygenated blood through the body and back to the heart.’
    • ‘The left heart pumps oxygenated blood out to the systemic circulation.’
    • ‘Create more red blood cells and oxygenate your body.’
    • ‘It flushes the lymph system, nourishes and oxygenates the vascular system, cleanses the intestines, and is healing and soothing to all mucous membranes.’
    • ‘Patients with COPD have progressive airflow limitation leading to disabling dyspnea, with an inability to properly oxygenate the blood.’
    • ‘Yoga gets the entire system moving, as well as oxygenating the blood.’
    • ‘Breathing correctly or concentrating on your breathing will help oxygenate your blood which in turn oxygenates the baby.’
    • ‘In this way they work at a constant and effective system of ploughing, which enriches and oxygenates the soil.’
    • ‘The nutrient solution was changed every week to limit the acidification, and was oxygenated by an aquarium pump.’
    • ‘In obese patients, the workload of the heart is frequently increased by the strain of supplying oxygenated blood to all tissue.’
    • ‘So the heart continues to provide a circulation, the lungs continue to oxygenate the blood, just as they would in any other kind of operation.’
    • ‘Derived from natural grains, it produces enzymes that convert sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide, serving to oxygenate skin.’
    • ‘Nodules of Pennsylvanian age are marine, having likely formed in the quiet, brackish, oxygenated waters of lagoons.’
    • ‘Also, remember to breathe deeply, helping to oxygenate the blood.’
    • ‘To overcome this, they repeatedly gulp oxygen and release it inside the burrow, oxygenating the water which then allows them to remain inside for up to 30 minutes at a time. This behavior also provides oxygen for any developing eggs.’
    • ‘It was assumed that this blood was fully oxygenated.’
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Late 18th century: from French oxygéner ‘supply with oxygen’ + -ate.