Oxy meaning

Oxy is defined as intense or sharp, or is defined as a compound with oxygen in it.

An example of oxy used as a prefix is in the word "oxymoron," which means a combination of contradictory words such as exact estimate.

An example of oxy used as a prefix is in the word "oxygenate" which means to combine or treat with oxygen.

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Oxygen, especially additional oxygen.

Oxyacetylene.

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Containing oxygen.

Oxyacetylene, oxyhemoglobin.

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Containing the hydroxyl radical.

Oxytetracycline.

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Sharp, pointed, acute, or acid.

Oxycephaly, oxymoron, oxygen.

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(chemistry) The bivalent R-O-R functional group found in ethers.
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(informal) Oxyacetalene, or the equipment used for such a system.
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Concerning oxygen.
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(organic chemistry) A ether functional group, consisting of a carbon chain with an intervening oxygen atom at the attachment point.
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Origin of oxy

  • < Gr oxys, sharp, acid < IE *as- < base *ak- > Gr akmē, a point, L acus, a needle, acidus, sour
    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
  • From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
  • From oxygen
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From the Ancient Greek ὀξύς (oxus, “sharp").
    From Wiktionary
  • Reduced from oxygen
    From Wiktionary