See also: Oxygen

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Chemical element
O
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Borrowed from French oxygène (originally in the form principe oxygène, a variant of principe oxigine ‘acidifying principle’, suggested by Lavoisier), from Ancient Greek ὀξύς (oxús, sharp) + γένος (génos, birth), referring to oxygen's supposed role in the formation of acids.

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  • enPR: ŏk'sĭjən, IPA(key): /ˈɒksɪd͡ʒən/
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oxygen (countable and uncountable, plural oxygens)

  1. The chemical element (symbol O) with an atomic number of 8 and relative atomic mass of 15.9994. It is a colorless and odorless gas.
    Hypernym: chalcogen
  2. Molecular oxygen (O2), a colorless, odorless gas at room temperature, also called dioxygen.
    • 2013 September-October, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist:
      Oxygen levels on Earth skyrocketed 2.4 billion years ago, when cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis: the ability to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and waste oxygen using solar energy. The evolutionary precursor of photosynthesis is still under debate, and a new study sheds light.
  3. (medicine) A mixture of oxygen and other gases, administered to a patient to help them breathe.
  4. (countable) An atom of this element.
    • 2013, Spencer L. Seager, Michael R. Slabaugh, Chemistry for Today: General, Organic, and Biochemistry (page 479)
      Look first at any structure to see if there is a carbon with two oxygens attached. Hemiacetals, hemiketals, acetals, and ketals are all alike in that regard.
  5. (figuratively) A condition or environment in which something can thrive.
    Silence is the oxygen of shame.
    They hoped to starve the terrorists of the oxygen of publicity.

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  • Burmese: အောက်ဆီဂျင် (aukhcigyang)

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oxygen n (singular definite oxygenet, not used in plural form)

  1. oxygen
    Synonym: ilt

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oxygen (strong nominative masculine singular oxygener, not comparable)

  1. (chemistry) oxygenic
    oxygene Photosyntheseoxygenic photosynthesis
    Antonym: anoxygen

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Borrowed from Latin oxygenium.

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oxygen n

  1. (rare) oxygen
    Synonym: syre

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  • The word is mostly only used on gas tubes, to reduce the risk of mistaking the substance for syra (acid), and international adaptation.