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Meaning of SAPONIFY

Pronunciation:  su'pânu`fI

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  chemistry: convert into soap by hydrolizing an ester into an acid and alcohol as a result of treating it with an alkali; of oil or fat
  2. [v]  chemistry: become converted into soap by being hydrolized into an acid and alcohol as a result of being treated with an alkali; of oil or fat
 

SAPONIFY is a 8 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: alter, change

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sa*pon"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Saponified}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Saponifying}.] [L. sapo, -onis, soap + -fy: cf. F.
saponifier.]
To convert into soap, as tallow or any fat; hence (Chem.), to
subject to any similar process, as that which ethereal salts
undergo in decomposition; as, to saponify ethyl acetate.

 

 

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