An example of oxygen is the colorless and odorless gas that you breath in every day.
Origin of oxygenFrench oxygène, altered (1786) from earlier oxygine, literally , acid-producing: so named (1777) by Lavoisier from Classical Greek oxys (see oxy-) + Classical Latin gignere, to beget (see genus): from the belief that oxygen is present in all acids
Origin of oxygenFrench oxygène Greek oxus sharp, acid ; see ak- in Indo-European roots.French -gène -gen
(countable and uncountable, plural oxygens)
- A chemical element (symbol O) with an atomic number of 8 and relative atomic mass of 15.9994.
- Molecular oxygen (O2), a colorless, odorless gas at room temperature.
- (medicine) A mixture of oxygen and other gases, administered to a patient to help him or her to breathe.
- (countable) An atom of this element.
Borrowed from French oxygÃ¨ne (originally in the form principe oxygÃ¨ne, a variant of principe oxigine "˜acidifying principle', suggested by Lavoisier), from Ancient Greek á½€Î¾ÏÏ‚ (oxus, “sharp") + Î³ÎÎ½Î¿Ï‚ (genos, “birth"), referring to oxygen's role in the formation of acids.