Definition of reducing agent in English:

reducing agent

Syllabification: re·duc·ing a·gent


  • A substance that tends to bring about reduction by being oxidized and losing electrons.
    More example sentences
    • Lithium aluminum hydride is an important reducing agent in organic chemistry.
    • It can react either as an oxidant or a reducing agent, is a very good nucleophile, and is a base that can be protonated.
    • In the case of making iron in a blast furnace, the carbon is added as coke, which is converted into carbon monoxide - the actual reducing agent.

More definitions of reducing agent

Definition of reducing agent in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space