alkaline hydrolysis

noun

Definition of alkaline hydrolysis

: the chemical process of rapidly decomposing a dead body to mostly tiny bits of bone resembling ash by immersing the body in a pressurized chamber containing a heated alkaline solution (as of potassium hydroxide) followed by drainage of all liquid and pulverization of remaining bone — compare cremation broadly : any hydrolysis process performed in an alkaline environment Alkaline hydrolysis is one of the most commonly used chemical pretreatment processes, which can remove primarily lignin and some hemicellulose from lignocellulosic biomass. Introduction to Chemicals from Biomass

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Alkaline hydrolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkaline%20hydrolysis. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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alkaline hydrolysis

noun

Medical Definition of alkaline hydrolysis

: the chemical process of rapidly decomposing a dead body to mostly tiny bits of bone resembling ash by immersing the body in a pressurized chamber containing a heated alkaline solution (as of potassium hydroxide) followed by drainage of all liquid and pulverization of remaining bone — compare cremation

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