oxy-


oxy-

  1. a combining form meaning “sharp,” “acute,” “keen,” “pointed,” “acid,” used in the formation of compound words: oxycephalic; oxygen; oxymoron.

  1. a combining form representing oxygen in compound words, sometimes as an equivalent of hydroxy-: oxychloride.

combining form

  1. denoting something sharp; acuteoxytone

combining form

  1. containing or using oxygenoxyacetylene
  2. 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. pref.

  1. Oxygen, especially additional oxygen:oxygenation.

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