Reduction is a reaction where a molecule, atom, or ion gains an electron. This reaction takes place at the same time as an oxidation reaction - where a molecule, atom, or ion loses an electron.

Memory aidEdit

The difference between oxidation and reduction can be remembered with the mnemonic OIL RIG:

Oxidation Is to Lose, Reduction Is to Gain (electrons).

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