oxy-


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oxy-

(word root) sharp, keen, acid
Examples of words with the root oxy-: oxygen, oxymoron

oxy-

pref.
Oxygen, especially additional oxygen: oxyacetylene.

[From oxygen.]

oxy-

combining form
(Elements & Compounds) denoting something sharp; acute: oxytone.
[from Greek, from oxus]

oxy-

combining form
1. containing or using oxygen: oxyacetylene.
2. a former equivalent of hydroxy-

oxy-1

,
a combining form meaning “sharp,” “acute,” “keen,” “pointed,” “acid”: oxygen; oxymoron.
[< Greek, comb. form of oxýs sharp, keen]

oxy-2

,
a combining form representing oxygen in compound words, sometimes as an equivalent of hydroxy-: oxyhemoglobin.
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