from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A process in which the oxygen in a compound oxidizes another portion of the molecule of the same compound.
  • noun A process in which a substance undergoing oxidation in air or oxygen causes a portion of the oxygen to assume an active condition, as ozone, hydrogen peroxid, or a peroxid of the substance, which may, in turn, cause the further oxidation of the same or of some other compound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chemistry A spontaneous oxidation reaction that results in the slow, flameless combustion of a material.


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