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de·ox·i·dize

(dē-oks'i-dīz),
To remove oxygen from its chemical combination.
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It is, evidently, connected with high vapor pressure of calcium, which deoxidizes not just slag and the metal, but also gas phase, while aluminium deoxidizes only slag and metal melts.
In turn, the hot carbon monoxide deoxidizes and melts the iron ore to produce liquid pig iron.