autoxidation

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autoxidation

[ȯ¦täk·sə′dā·shən]
(chemistry)
The slow, flameless combustion of materials by reaction with oxygen.
An oxidation reaction that is self-catalyzed and spontaneous.
An oxidation reaction begun only by an inductor. Also known as autooxidation.
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1989) showed that [Alpha]-pinene can autoxidize to cis- and trans-verbenol and verbenone at room temperature within several hours.
My enduring recollection from our model studies was[beta]-carotene's very marked tendency to autoxidize.