oxy-, -oxia, -oxic
(Greek: sharp, acute, pointed, keen; sour, acid, acidic, pungent)
oxygeophyte (s) (noun), oxygeophytes (pl)
A plant growing in humus: In her botany class, Alice learned that oxygeophytes pertained to vegetation that grew in rich soil containing decomposed organic substances.
oxygeophytic (adjective), more oxygeophtic, most oxygeophytic
Pertaining to plant communities in humus-rich habitats: Mr. Lay wondered which oxygeophytic vegetables would thrive best in his garden.
oxygeusia (ahk" si GYOO see uh) (s) (noun), oxygeusias (pl)
An excessive sharpness or acuteness of the sense of taste; hypergeusia: Jeff's parents thought that their son had a case of oxygeusia because of his abnormal or morbid sensitivity of his sense of taste of the food his father prepared.
oxygeustic (adjective), more oxygeustic, most oxygeustic
Descriptive of an extreme sensitiveness of taste: Jenny, thought to have an oxygestic sensation of flavors, was sure there was too much salt in the soup, but her mother said that she didn't put in any!
oxygnathous (adjective), more oxygnathous, most oxygnathous
Descriptive of an organism having more or less smooth jaws: In Doug's biology book, some of the slugs and land snails were described as being oxygnathous, or having jaws free from roughness, humps, or ridges.
oxygon (s) (noun), oxygens (pl)
Concerning a shape having acute angles; acute-angled: An oxygen consists of pointed angles, like a triangle or a star.
oxyhemoglobin (s) (noun), oxyhemoglobins (pl)
A familiar protein is the one in red blood corpuscles that combines with oxygen in the lungs and carries it to the cells of the tissues where it gives it up again: When hemoglobin is combined with oxygen, it becomes oxyhemoglobin.
oxyhemoglobinometer (s) (noun), oxyhemoglobinometer (pl)
An apparatus for the measurement of the amount of oxygen in the blood: During Bob's practicum in the hospital, he learned that an oxyhemoglobinometer was needed to access the level of oxygen in a patient's blood.
oxyhydrocephalus (s) (noun), oxyhydrocephaluses (pl)
A type of hydrocephalus in which the head has a pointed shape: Jane was astonished to see a photo of a man on the internet with an oxyhydrocephalus instead of a head formed like her own.
oxyhydrogen (adjective) (not comparable)
Regarding something that consists of a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen: An oxyhydrogen blaze or flame can heat quartz rods and create or produce quartz fiber.
oxylalia (s) (noun), oxylalias (pl)
Fast speech, usually excessively fast: Clive talked so rapidly that his parents couldn't understand him, and his teacher said that he had a case of oxylalia that could be treated by a specialist.
oxylophilous (adjective), more oxylophilous, most oxylophilous
In biology, referring to creatures dwelling in humus or humus-rich habitats: In his biology book, Martin read about some oxylophilous organisms thriving best in partially decomposed organic matter.
oxylophyte (s) (noun), oxylophytes (pl)
A plant growing in a humus-rich habitat: The floras in moorland areas are considered to be oxylphytes and can only exist in acidic soil.
oxylophytic (adjective), more oxylophytic, most oxylophytic
Descriptive of a plant that thrives in a humus-rich environment: Oxylophytic plants include hog mosses, the dwarf birch, low willows, the crowberry, cotton grass, and the sundew.
oxyluminescence (s) (noun), oxyluminescences (pl)
Brilliant display of flashing lights resulting from oxidation: The oxyluminescence phenomenon takes place when certain minerals that are slowly heated to temperatures below their level of incandescence emit coruscation (sudden flashes or sparks) when in contact with oxygen or air.
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "sour, sharp": acerb-; aceto-; acid-; acies- (not "sour"); acuto- (not "sour"); pung- (not "sour").