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An atom (or ion) whose oxidation number increases in a redox reaction is said to be oxidized (and is called a reducing agent). It is accomplished by loss of one or more electrons. The atom whose oxidation number decreases gains (receives) one or more electrons and is said to be reduced.

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Leo says Ger! or Leo the lion, Ger!

Loss of electron is oxidation; Gain of electron is reduction.
LEO - Loss of electron is oxidation
GER - Gain of electron is reduction.

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