saponification

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French saponification, from saponifier (saponify).

Noun[edit]

saponification (countable and uncountable, plural saponifications)

  1. (chemistry) The hydrolysis of an ester under basic conditions to form an alcohol and the salt of the acid.
  2. The reaction of a metallic alkali (base) with a fat or oil to form soap.

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