Pronunciation: (an"tē-ok'si-dunt, an"tī-), [key]
1. Chem.any substance that inhibits oxidation, as a substance that inhibits oxidative deterioration of gasoline, rubbers, plastics, soaps, etc.
2. Biochem.an enzyme or other organic substance, as vitamin E or beta carotene, that is capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation in animal tissues.
Chem.of or pertaining to an antioxidant.
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