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Related to oxidative: oxidative phosphorylation, Oxidative deamination, Oxidative decarboxylation, Oxidative metabolism
1. The combination of a substance with oxygen.
2. A reaction in which the atoms of an element lose electrons and the valence of the element is correspondingly increased.
[French, from oxider, to oxidize, from oxide, oxide; see oxide.]
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|Adj.||1.||oxidative - taking place in the presence of oxygen; "oxidative glycolysis"; "oxidative rancidity"|
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