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
An example of oxygen is the colorless and odorless gas that you breath in every day.
Origin of oxygenFrench oxygène Greek oxus sharp, acid ; see ak- in Indo-European roots.French -gène -gen
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(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.
- Carmen gazed down at Destiny inside the oxygen tent.
- The noise from the machine that circulated the oxygen frightened her.
- Although the route was relatively flat by Colorado standards, Dean learned that a body unaccustomed to elevation in the 7,000foot range needed more oxygen to fuel its muscles.
- A blue haired old lady with a walker and her mate hauling an oxygen tank looked at me as If I was the Boston strangler.
- By the time they finished erecting the oxygen tent over her bed, she had finally settled down.