saponify

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From French saponifier, from Late Latin sāpō, sāpōnem (soap).

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saponify (third-person singular simple present saponifies, present participle saponifying, simple past and past participle saponified) (transitive, intransitive)

  1. To convert a fat or oil into soap; to be converted into soap.
  2. (chemistry) To hydrolyze an ester using an alkali.

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