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- (chemistry, transitive) To combine with oxygen or otherwise make an oxide.
- 2013 September-October, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist:
- Oxygen levels on Earth skyrocketed 2.4 billion years ago, when cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis: […] . The evolutionary precursor of photosynthesis is still under debate, and a new study sheds light. The critical component of the photosynthetic system is the “water-oxidizing complex”, made up of manganese atoms and a calcium atom.
- (chemistry) To increase the valence (or the positive charge) of an element by removing electrons.
- To coat something with an oxide.
- (intransitive) To become oxidized.
to combine with oxygen
to increase the valence
to coat something with an oxide
to become oxidized