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(1) To combine with oxygen; to add oxygen; to convert into an oxide.

(2) To remove hydrogen, as by the action of oxygen, e.g. to oxidise alcohol to form aldehyde.

(3) To increase the valence of an element, e.g. by removing electrons.

(4) To become oxidised.


When a compound is oxidised the oxidation number is increased. For instance, the suffix changes from -ous to -ic, such as mercurous chloride when oxidized becomes mercuric chloride.

Variant: oxidize (British)

Related forms: oxidises (simple present), oxidising (present participle), oxidised (simple past and past participle).

Compare: reduce.
See also: oxidation.

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what do you need to hydrolyse and oxidise in alanine to get pyruvate? :-/

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by JackBean
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Gluconeogenesis
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Re: hydroxyproline assay to determine collagen content

... from 10mg/ml stock, this is then hydrolysed with 50ul of 2N NaOH (2N final conc) at 120 degree C for 20 min. To this add 450ul of Chloramine T and oxidise at RT for 25 min. 500ul Ehrlich's reagent added and chromophore developed by incubating at 65 deg for 20 min. Absorbance was read at 550nm. ...

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by Stip
Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:15 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: hydroxyproline assay to determine collagen content
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Views: 9745

Mitochondria & Chloroplast

During active photosynthesis (non-photoinhibitory conditions), mitochondria in a leaf cell are able to oxidise surplus redox equivalents arising from photosynthetic electron transport. Those redox equivalents are then exported from chloroplasts via the malate–OAA shuttle or ...

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by manish94
Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Mitochondria & Chloroplast
Replies: 2
Views: 2847

Free Energy / ATP

Hi, well, the enrgy is released by oxidation of all of these compounds (well, except of the carbon;). So, the more energy you need, the more oxidise you must. As the finnal product is always CO2 (let's say so), than, the more reduced form you have, the more energy you can gain ;) Basically, ...

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by JackBean
Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Free Energy / ATP
Replies: 1
Views: 4104

adipose tissue - urgent help

I have 3 questions, 1. Can white adipocytes oxidise glucose or is it just brown adipocytes that are capable of oxidising both glucose and fatty acids in large quantities? 2. Which of the statements below are true ways in which the physiology of ...

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by Juanita1
Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: adipose tissue - urgent help
Replies: 2
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