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a combining form meaning “sharp,” “acute,” “keen,” “pointed,” “acid,” used in the formation of compound words:
oxycephalic; oxygen; oxymoron.
a combining form representing oxygen, in compound words, sometimes as an equivalent of hydroxy-: oxychloride.
combining form
denoting something sharp; acute: oxytone
combining form
containing or using oxygen: oxyacetylene
a former equivalent of hydroxy-

word-forming element meaning “sharp, pointed; acid,” from Greek oxy-, comb. form of oxys “sharp, pungent” (see acrid). Also used as a comb. form of oxygen.

oxy- or ox-
Oxygen, especially additional oxygen: oxygenation.


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  • Oxyacetylene

    [ok-see-uh-set-l-een, -in] /ˌɒk si əˈsɛt lˌin, -ɪn/ adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a mixture of oxygen and : an oxyacetylene torch. noun 2. a mixture of oxygen and , used in a blowtorch for cutting steel plates or the like. /ˌɒksɪəˈsɛtɪˌliːn/ noun 1.

  • Oxyacetylene torch

    oxyacetylene torch (ŏk’sē-ə-sět’l-ĭn, -ēn’) A gas torch that burns a mixture of acetylene and oxygen to produce a high-temperature flame (3,000°C or 5,400°F) that can weld or cut metal.

  • Oxyacid

    [ok-see-as-id] /ˈɒk siˌæs ɪd/ noun, Chemistry. 1. an inorganic containing oxygen. /ˌɒksɪˈæsɪd/ noun 1. any acid that contains oxygen Also called oxo acid

  • Oxyaldehyde

    [ok-see-al-duh-hahyd] /ˌɒk siˈæl dəˌhaɪd/ noun, Chemistry. 1. an containing the hydroxyl group.

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