verb \sə-ˈpä-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of SAPONIFY

transitive verb
:  to convert (as fat) into soap; specifically :  to hydrolyze (a fat) with alkali to form a soap and glycerol
intransitive verb
:  to undergo saponifying
sa·pon·i·fi·able \-ˌfī-ə-bəl\ adjective
sa·pon·i·fi·ca·tion \-ˌpä-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
sa·pon·i·fi·er \-ˈpä-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Origin of SAPONIFY

French saponifier, from Latin sapon-, sapo
First Known Use: 1821


verb \sə-ˈpän-ə-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAPONIFY

transitive verb
: to convert (as a fat or fatty acid) into soap : subject to saponification
intransitive verb
: to undergo saponification


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