Meaning of oxidation state

oxida'tion state"

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. the state of an element or ion in a compound with regard to the electrons gained or lost by the element or ion in the reaction that formed the compound, expressed as a positive or negative number indicating the ionic charge of the element or ion. Also called
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