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 History of this Word

"oxy" is a shortening of "oxygen" in modern English

"oxygen" is from "oxus" (sharp or acid) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this prefix,
oxyhemoglobin
oxygenic
oxyphilic
oxysalt

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grammar is modifier

"oxy-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "oxygen" or "additional oxygen" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

oxy- illustration Provide a flow sheet for the manufacture of zirconium oxychloride.
oxy- illustration People with some types of heart disease need to have their medical oxygen regulated carefully to oxygenate their blood properly.