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oxy-

 

Definition:

  1. Combining form denoting shrill; sharp, pointed; quick (incorrectly used for ocy-, from G. okys, swift).
  2. In chemistry, combining form denoting the presence of oxygen, either added or substituted, in a substance.

[G. oxys, keen]

See Also: hydroxy-, oxa-, oxo-

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