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oxide

Syllabification: ox·ide
Pronunciation: /ˈäkˌsīd
 
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Definition of oxide in English:

noun

Chemistry
A binary compound of oxygen with another element or group.
Example sentences
  • Nitrates are formed from reacting nitric acid with metal oxides, hydroxides, or carbonates.
  • Exhaust from the automobile can contain carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, which are poisonous gases.
  • It would set new caps for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and mercury.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from oxygène 'oxygen' + -ide (as in acide 'acid').

Words that rhyme with oxide

dioxide, dockside, hydroxide, monoxide, peroxide

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