A substance that causes oxidation reactions. Thus in the oxidation of carbon to form carbon monoxide, 2C + O2 CO2, oxygen is the oxydizing agent. Other common oxiding agents are nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, ozone, potassium dichromate, iron (III) compounds, and potassium permanganate. See also redox reaction.
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