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[ok-si-dahy-zer] /ˈɒk sɪˌdaɪ zər/
noun, Chemistry
Origin of oxidizer
1870-75; oxidize + -er1
Related forms
antioxidizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oxidizer
  • All pyrotechnic mixtures are made up of a fuel and an oxidizer.
  • It is interesting to see turmeric being specifically put into oil as it is heating since it is a great anti-oxidizer.
  • AE: the only large scale use of perchlorate is as an oxidizer for solid propellants.
  • When rockets blast off, they need to carry not only fuel, but an oxidizer to ignite the fuel.
  • It also happens to be what bomb specialists call an oxidizer.
  • As they drift in space, solar radiation brings the oxidizer in their fuel tanks to a boil.
  • Most spacecraft ever launched carried some flavor of hydrazine, either by itself or with nitrogen tetroxide as an oxidizer.
  • On top of that peroxide is a powerful oxidizer capable of decomposing almost any organic compound.
  • Rockets need to mix into the fuel, a second kind of fuel called an oxidizer, which takes the place of the oxygen in air.
  • The thermal oxidizer operating temperature shall be continuously monitored and recorded.
British Dictionary definitions for oxidizer


an oxidant, esp a substance that combines with the fuel in a rocket engine
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Word Origin and History for oxidizer

1875, agent noun from oxidize.

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oxidizer in Medicine

oxidizer ox·i·diz·er (ŏk'sĭ-dī'zər)
A substance that oxidizes another substance; an oxidizing agent. Also called oxidant.

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