The loss of one or more electrons by an atom, molecule, or ion.

Oxidation is accompanied by an increase in oxidation number on the atoms, molecules, or ions that lose electrons.

Often associated with the corrosion of metals, where the corroded metal forms an oxide. Elevated temperatures increase the rate of oxidation.

See also: Antioxidant, Oxidation Number, Oxide, Partial Oxidation, Sesquioxide.

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Subjects: Chemistry