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oxy-(word root) sharp, keen, acid
Oxygen, especially additional oxygen: oxyacetylene.
(Elements & Compounds) denoting something sharp; acute: oxytone.
[from Greek, from oxus]
1. containing or using oxygen: oxyacetylene.
2. a former equivalent of hydroxy-
a combining form meaning “sharp,” “acute,” “keen,” “pointed,” “acid”: oxygen; oxymoron.
[< Greek, comb. form of oxýs sharp, keen]
a combining form representing oxygen in compound words, sometimes as an equivalent of hydroxy-: oxyhemoglobin.