- When iron reacts with oxygen and changes to rust, this is an example of oxidation.
- When fire burns up a wooden log, this is an example of oxidation.
Oxidation is the process when oxygen combines with an element, changing the appearance of the element.
- any process in which oxygen combines with an element or substance, either slowly, as in the rusting of iron, or rapidly, as in the burning of wood
- the process of increasing the positive valence or of decreasing the negative valence of an element or ion
- the process by which electrons are removed from atoms or ions
Origin of oxidationFr: see oxide and amp; -ation
- The combination of a substance with oxygen.
- A reaction in which the atoms of an element lose electrons and the valence of the element is correspondingly increased.
Origin of oxidationFrench, from oxider, to oxidize, from oxide, oxide; see oxide.