Definition of oxidizing agent in English:

oxidizing agent

Syllabification: ox·i·diz·ing a·gent
Pronunciation: /ˈäksiˌdīziNG ˈājənt


  • A substance that tends to bring about oxidation by being reduced and gaining electrons.
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    • The oxidizing agent causes the oxidation of an atom by receiving an electron from that atom and is itself reduced.
    • When an oxidizing agent removes electrons from a molecule, the chemical structure of the molecule is changed, and the physical properties (like color) are altered.
    • The hypochlorite ion is an oxidizing agent that sterilizes water by ridding it of microorganisms.

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