autoxidation

[aw-tok-si-dey-shuhn]
noun Chemistry.
1.
the oxidation of a compound by exposure to air.
2.
an oxidation reaction in which another substance, in addition to air and the compound being oxidized, must be present.


Origin:
aut- + oxidation

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autoxidation (ɔːˌtɒksɪˈdeɪʃən)
 
n
chem
 a.  oxidation by exposure to atmospheric oxygen
 b.  oxidation that will only occur when another oxidation reaction is taking place in the same system

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autoxidation au·tox·i·da·tion (ô-tŏk'sĭ-dā'shən)
n.
See autooxidation.

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Under these conditions, the fuel can undergo autoxidation.
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