Science, Tech, Math › Science Definition of Corrosion Meaning in Chemistry, Etymology, and Example Share Flipboard Email Print Rust is a good example of corrosion. PhotoStock-Israel, Getty Images Science Chemistry Chemical Laws Basics Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated December 08, 2019 Corrosion Definition: Corrosion (from the Latin word corrodes, meaning "to gnaw") is the irreversible damage or destruction of living tissue or material due to a chemical or electrochemical reaction. Example: A prime example of corrosion is rusting of iron or steel.