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Oxidizing agent

Similar term(s): oxidizing properties, oxidant.

Definition:

Any substance, such as oxygen (O2) or chlorine (Cl2), that will readily add (take on) electrons. The opposite is a reducing agent.

Source: US EPA Drinking Water Glossary  

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Oxidizing agents are substances with a high capacity to react with specific chemicals thus building up new compounds with different properties (sometimes more hazardous, sometimes less).

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