Dictionary > Oxidant

Oxidant

Definition
noun, plural: oxidants
(1) Any substance that has the ability to oxidize other substance.
(2) A molecule or atom capable of accepting electrons during a redox reaction.
Supplement
An oxidant is a substance that accepts or receives electron from another substance, hence, is consequently reduced. Since it accepts electrons it is also called an electron acceptor.
Oxidants produced by phagocytes as observed in vivo act as tumor promoters or co-carcinogens rather than as complete carcinogens maybe because of the high levels of endogenous antioxidant defenses. They may also be involved in the oxidative damage in joints as they can cause an autoimmune response.
Also called: oxidizing agent, oxidizer.
See also: redox reaction.


You will also like...

"Cronopio dentiacutus", a prehistoric mammal (an illustration)
Mammalian Ancestors

Mammals are a diverse group of organisms, where most of them develop their offspring within the uterus of the mother. Ov..

Early Earth
The Origins of Life

This tutorial digs into the past to investigate the origins of life. The section is split into geological periods in the..

green leaf - close up view
Leaves

Leaves are the major photosynthetic organ of a plant. Apart from that, they are also crucial to water movement. In this ..

Schematic diagram of DNA replication
DNA Structure & DNA Replication

DNA is a double helix structure comprised of nucleotides. A nucleotide, in turn, is made up of phosphate molecule, deoxy..

Evolution of Life - Ancient Earth
Evolution of Life – Ancient Earth

Autotrophs flourished, absorbing carbon and light. Soon after, primitive life forms that could assimilate oxygen thrived..

Lights' Effect on Growth
Lights’ Effect on Growth

This tutorial elaborates on the effect of light on plant growth. It describes how different plants require different amo..

Related Articles...

No related articles found

See all Related Topics