# Does a reducing agent in a redox reaction gets reduced or oxidized?

Feb 23, 2016

The reducing agent gets oxidized.

#### Explanation:

In a redox reaction the $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{reducing agent}}$ reacts with the $\textcolor{red}{\text{oxidizing agent}}$.

The $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{reducing agent}}$ gets oxidized by the oxidizing agent and thus the reducing agent is also called $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{oxidized agent}}$.

The $\textcolor{red}{\text{oxidizing agent}}$ gets reduced by the reducing agent and thus the oxidizing agent is also called $\textcolor{red}{\text{reduced agent}}$.

Here is a video that explains the balancing of a redox reaction in acidic medium:
Balancing Redox Reactions | Acidic Medium.

And in basic medium:
Balancing Redox Reactions | Basic Medium.