Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 20 - Electrochemistry - Exercises - Page 899: 20.2


"Oxidant" is just another term for oxidizing agent. An antioxidant is any substance that resists the formation of an oxidizing agent or neutralizes it. For instance, in human body oxidants are formed during biological processes, which are chiefly free radicals (harmful due to their high reactivity), antioxidant molecules donate an electron to the free radicals and turn them into harmless atoms.

Work Step by Step

- Oxidants are oxidizing agents. - Antioxidants neutralize oxidants.
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