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oxidizer

[′äk·sə‚dīz·ər]
(aerospace engineering)
A substance, not necessarily containing oxygen, that supports the combustion of a fuel or propellant.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Likewise the concentration of sulfates in the leach solutions depicted the efficiency of SOB isolates to oxidize S or S compounds.
They can absorb the oxidizing energy that otherwise would have been used to oxidize some other molecule.
If exposed to oxygen at high temperatures, the molecules oxidize easily and form bonds, causing the fluid to increase in viscosity or even form a gel.
An intensive 16-week exercise program helped the elderly subjects oxidize fat more like younger participants.
Stands also oxidize and become fragile with use, and since the cost of a new baseblock is minimal compared to the cost of the crucible and the installation labor, it's wise to use a new stand with each new crucible installation.
Fires can rapidly oxidize the carbon slowly sequestered by vegetation from atmospheric carbon dioxide and send it right back into the air.
Although fluxes offer several special purpose applications, the propensity for aluminum to oxidize is the main reason fluxes are used.
Within this vacuole, the bacterium stores large quantities of nitrate, which it uses to oxidize sulfur and garner energy.
But DNA in a fly's mitochondria - those structures that power cellular activities - proved 3.3 times as likely to oxidize as nuclear DNA.
However, the insoluble manganese oxides surrounding some bacteria may oxidize the humics, they argue.
Electrical engineers have discovered that by steaming gallium arsenide chips they can oxidize the surface of this semiconductor and create microscopic patterns useful for guiding light, and possibly electrons, in lasers and other electronic and optical devices.
Cataracts form when proteins oxidize in the lends of the eye, aggregating into opaque clumps.