The complete oxidation of glucose is the process which turns glucose into water, carbon dioxide and energy. Glucose oxidation occurs in the cells and is part of cellular respiration.
Oxidation of glucose, also known as glycolysis, is the process which releases energy stored in glucose by combining it with oxygen. During glycolysis, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in one molecule of glucose recombine with six molecules of oxygen. The products of one molecule in glucose in glycolysis include six molecules of carbon dioxide, six molecules of water, and energy molecules called ATP and NADP. ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is the primary energy source that cells use to perform their functions.