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v. scav·enged, scav·eng·ing, scav·eng·es
a. To collect (useful items) by searching through refuse: scavenged a chair from the neighbor's trash.
b. To search through (a place or container) for useful items.
2. To feed on (dead or decaying matter). Used especially of animals.
a. To expel (exhaust gases) from a cylinder of an internal-combustion engine.
b. To expel exhaust gases from (such a cylinder).
a. To clean (molten metal) by chemically removing impurities.
b. To remove or inactivate (harmful chemicals or impurities) in a mixture: antioxidants that scavenge free radicals from the body.
1. To search through refuse for useful items.
2. To feed on dead or decaying matter.

[Back-formation from scavenger.]
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the act of searching for things among discarded material
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In vitro antioxidant assays indicated that the polysaccharides CJHP-1 and CJHP-2 had noticeable scavenging activities when examined for their ability to react with DPPH radicals, hydroxyl radicals, superoxide radicals and to chelate Fe2+.
The antioxidants, such as polyphenolic compounds, also play an important role in scavenging excess ROS [9].