Definition of oxic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒksɪk/


(Of a process or environment) in which oxygen is involved or present.
Example sentences
  • Virtually all organisms that survive in oxic environments, whether they are capable of aerobic or anaerobic lifestyles or both, contain enzymes that convert reactive oxygen intermediates to innocuous compounds.
  • Some groups of marine bacteria within the proteobacteria are capable of anoxygenic photosynthesis in oxic environments.
  • Thus, deposition graded gradually from anoxic environments below the storm wave base to oxic environments above the storm wave base.


1960s: from ox(ide) or ox(ygen) + -ic.

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