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 Dictionary entry overview: What does antioxidant mean? 

  The noun ANTIOXIDANT has 1 sense:

1. substance that inhibits oxidation or inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides

  Familiarity information: ANTIOXIDANT used as a noun is very rare.

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Substance that inhibits oxidation or inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides

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Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("antioxidant" is a kind of...):

inhibitor (a substance that retards or stops an activity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antioxidant"):

glutathione peroxidase (an enzyme in the body that is a powerful scavenger of free radicals)

atomic number 34; Se; selenium (a toxic nonmetallic element related to sulfur and tellurium; occurs in several allotropic forms; a stable grey metallike allotrope conducts electricity better in the light than in the dark and is used in photocells; occurs in sulfide ores (as pyrite))

carotenoid (any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals)

rust inhibitor (antioxidant that inhibits the formation of rust)

beta-naphthol (an isomer of naphthol used in rubber as an antioxidant)

E; tocopherol; vitamin E (a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal reproduction; an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body)

ascorbic acid; vitamin C (a vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy)

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