1) A reaction in which a material combines chemically with oxygen to form an oxide. In an oxidation reaction where electrons are transferred, the oxidized material loses electrons. Oxidation is a degradation process that is usually irreversible. One example of oxidation is when metallic silver on the surface of a photograph reacts with oxygen and becomes invisible, thus degrading the image quality.
2) The deposit formed on the surface of a metal or plastic due to an oxidation reaction.
Synonyms and Related Terms
oxidize; oxidise (Br.); autoxidation
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