|Main Entry:||oxidation number|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||the degree of oxidaton of an atom or molecule, represented by a positive or negative number; the number of electrons theoretically gained or lost in converting an atom or molecule to its elemental form; also called oxidation state|
|Example:||The oxidation number is number of electrons necessary to restore an atom in a combined state to its elemental form.|
the total number of electrons that an atom either gains or loses in order to form a chemical bond with another atom.
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