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oxime ox·ime (ŏk'sēm)
Any of a group of compounds formed by treating aldehydes or ketones with a nitrogen-containing reducing agent.
any of a class of nitrogen-containing organic compounds usually prepared from hydroxylamine and an aldehyde, a ketone, or a quinone. Oximes have the structure X\Y/C NOH, in which X and Y are hydrogen atoms or organic groups derived by removal of a hydrogen atom from an organic compound. Because most oximes are solids with characteristic melting points, they are useful in identifying liquid aldehydes and ketones.