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reduction, in chemistry: see oxidation and reduction.

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Any of a class of chemical reactions in which the number of electrons associated with an atom or group of atoms is increased. The electrons taken up by the substance reduced are supplied by another substance, often hydrogen (H_{2}), which is thereby oxidized. See also oxidation-reduction.

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or **redox**

Any chemical reaction in which electrons are transferred. Addition of hydrogen or electrons is reduction, and removal of hydrogen or electrons is oxidation (originally applied to combination with oxygen but now including transfer of hydrogen or electrons). The processes always occur simultaneously: one substance is oxidized by the other, which it reduces. The conditions of the substances before and after are called oxidation states, to which numbers are given and with which calculations can be made. (Valence is a similar but not identical concept.) The chemical equation that describes the electron transfer can be written as two separate half reactions that can in theory be carried out in separate compartments of an electrolytic cell (*see* electrolysis), with electrons flowing through a wire connecting the two. Strong oxidizing agents include fluorine, ozone, and oxygen itself; strong reducing agents include alkali metals such as sodium and lithium.

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- Reduction – chemical reaction in which atoms have their oxidation number (oxidation state) changed.
- Reduced gas – a gas with a low oxidation number
- Ore reduction: see smelting

- Reduction (complexity) – a transformation of one problem into another problem.
- Graph reduction – an efficient version of non-strict evaluation
- Strength reduction – a compiler optimization where a function of some systematically changing variable is calculated more efficiently by using previous values of the function
- Reduction (recursion theory) – given sets A and B of natural numbers, is it possible to effectively convert a method for deciding membership in B into a method for deciding membership in A?
- L-reduction – a transformation of optimization problems which keeps the approximability features
- Variance reduction – a procedure used to increase the precision of the estimates that can be obtained for a given number of iterations
- Partial order reduction – a technique for reducing the size of the state-space to be searched by a model checking algorithm
- Bit Rate Reduction – an audio compression method
- Reduce (computer algebra system) – a general-purpose computer algebra system geared towards applications in physics
- Reduce (higher-order function) – in functional programming, a family of higher-order functions that process a data structure in some order and build up a return value
- Reduced instruction set computer – a CPU design philosophy that favors an instruction set reduced both in size and complexity of addressing modes, in order to enable easier implementation, greater instruction level parallelism, and more efficient compilers

- Reduction (mathematics) – the rewriting of an expression into a simpler form
- Beta reduction – the rewriting of an expression from lambda calculus into a simpler form
- Dimension reduction – the process of reducing the number of random variables under consideration
- Lattice reduction – given an integer lattice basis as input, to find a basis with short, nearly orthogonal vectors
- Reduction of order – a technique for solving second-order ordinary differential equations
- Relation reduction – the extent to which a given relation is determined by an indexed family or a sequence of other relations, called the relation dataset
- Reduction of the structure group – for a $G$-bundle $B$ and a map $H\; to\; G$ an $H$-bundle $B\_H$ such that the pushout $B\_H\; times\_H\; G$ is isomorphic to $B$
- Reduction system, reduction strategy, the application of rewriting systems to eliminate reducible expressions.
- Reduced form – in statistics, an equation which relates the endogenous variable X to all the available exogenous variables, both those included in the regression of interest (W) and the instruments (Z)
- Reduced ring – a ring with no non-zero nilpotent elements
- Reduced residue system – a set of φ(n) integers such that each integer is relatively prime to n and no two are congruent modulo n
- Reduced product – a construction that generalizes both direct product and ultraproduct
- Reduced word – in a free group, a word with no adjacent generator-inverse pairs
- Reduced homology – a minor modification made to homology theory in algebraic topology, designed to make a point have all its homology groups zero
- Reduced row echelon form – a certain reduced row echelon form of a matrix which completely and uniquely determines its row space

- Dimensional reduction – the limit of a compactified theory where the size of the compact dimension goes to zero
- Reduction criterion – in quantum information theory, a necessary condtion a mixed state must satisfy in order for it to be separable
- Reduced temperature – of a fluid means the actual temperature, divided by its critical temperature
- Reduced mass – the "effective" inertial mass appearing in the two-body problem of Newtonian mechanics

- Noise reduction – acoustic or signal processing
- Reduction drive – a mechanical device to shift rotational speed

- Reduction (philosophy) – the process by which one object, property, concept, theory, etc., is shown to be entirely dispensable in favor of another
- Intertheoretic reduction – in philosophy of science, one theory makes predictions that perfectly or almost perfectly match the predictions of a second theory
- Eidetic reduction – a technique in the study of essences in phenomenology whose goal is to identify the basic components of phenomena

- Weight loss
- Selective reduction – (or fetal reduction), the practice of reducing the number of fetuses in a multifetal pregnancy
- Reduction (orthopedic surgery) – a medical procedure to restore a fracture or dislocation to the correct alignment.
- Ventricular reduction – a type of operation in cardiac surgery
- Urea reduction ratio – (URR), a dimensionless number used to quantify hemodialysis treatment adequacy

- Relative risk reduction – the absolute risk reduction by the control event rate
- Absolute risk reduction – the decrease in risk of a given activity or treatment in relation to a control activity or treatment.

- Accent reduction – a systematic approach to reducing one's foreign accent
- Vowel reduction – a type of variation in the acoustic quality of vowels related to changes in stress, sonority, duration, loudness, articulation, or position in the word; or changes in the number of vowels during the evolution of a language
- Relaxed pronunciation – when the syllables of common words are slurred together
- Definite article reduction – use of vowel-less forms of the definite article in northern dialects of English language in England

- Harm reduction – a philosophy of public health, intended to be a progressive alternative to the prohibition of certain potentially dangerous lifestyle choices
- Immigration reduction
- Paperwork reduction – reducing red tape
- Poverty reduction
- Risk reduction – risk management by reducing the severity of an eventuated risk
- Waste minimisation

- Lithic reduction – in Stone Age toolmaking, to detach lithic flakes from a lump of tool stone
- Reduction (Sweden) – return to the Crown of fiefs that had been granted to the Swedish nobility
- Indian Reductions – settlements in Spanish America intended to assimilate Indians

- Reduction (cooking) – the process of thickening or intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by evaporation
- Reduction to practice – in United States patent law, the embodiment of the concept of an invention
- Reduction in rank – military law
- Piano reduction – sheet music for the piano that was once music for other instruments that was reduced to its most basic components within a two line staff for piano
- Ego reduction – predicated on the use of Sigmund Freud's concept of the ego

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