What are oxidizing and reducing agents?

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Jul 2, 2018


Oxidation agent: Something that is #"reduced"#
Reduction agent: Something that is #"oxidized"#


Whenever you see "oxidation agent", think of reduction. An oxidation agent is reduced, and gains electrons in a reaction. The oxidation number will therefore go down.

A reduction agent is oxidized in a reaction. It loses electrons and the oxidation number goes up.