Reducing agent

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A reducing agent (also referred to as a reductant or reductor ) is, in the broadest sense, a substance that releases electrons and thus can reduce other substances and is itself oxidized ( electron donor ).

In connection with oxygen , the substance in a chemical reaction is called a reducing agent. B. an oxide that removes oxygen and is itself oxidized. Example: Coke reduces iron ore in the blast furnace and is itself oxidized to carbon dioxide.

The opposite of a reducing agent is an oxidizing agent (also known as an oxidant or oxidizer ) ( electron acceptor ).


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