autoxidation

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autoxidation

(ɔːˌtɒksɪˈdeɪʃən)
n
(Chemistry) 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

au•tox•i•da•tion

(ɔˌtɒk sɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

n.
the oxidation of a compound by exposure to air.
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For example, surplus unpaired a-haemoglobin chains were disintegrated and autoxidised in AY- thalassaemia, resulting in ineffective erythropoiesis, increased oxidant production, haemolysis and reduced RBC survival.