hydrolysis

noun
hy·​dro·​ly·​sis | \ hī-ˈdrä-lə-səs How to pronounce hydrolysis (audio) \

Definition of hydrolysis

: a chemical process of decomposition involving the splitting of a bond and the addition of the hydrogen cation and the hydroxide anion of water

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Other Words from hydrolysis

hydrolytic \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce hydrolytic (audio) \ adjective
hydrolytically \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrolytically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hydrolysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several states, like Wisconsin, do not yet permit alkaline hydrolysis. Abdel Jimenez, chicagotribune.com, "First green living, now green dying: Biodegradable caskets, water-based cremation," 1 Nov. 2019 In Gazvoda’s case, the Harvard grad and crematory licensee is a disciple of a still-emerging method of human disposition: alkaline hydrolysis. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "A chemical dip is the greenest way to go after death. It’s now available in Arvada.," 3 Dec. 2019 Though there are many ways to do this, enzymatic hydrolysis, a process in which enzymes and water are used to break down complex protein chains, is one of the most common. Popular Science, "You should start eating bugs. Here’s how.," 22 Apr. 2020 Alkaline hydrolysis The body is placed inside a pressure vessel which is filled with water and potassium hydroxide and heated. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "An overview of final arrangement options," 25 Mar. 2020 The advantages of alkaline hydrolysis: Environmental sustainability: The process does not consume fuel or create emissions. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "An overview of final arrangement options," 25 Mar. 2020 All of these technologies are sold on environmental terms: alkaline hydrolysis, for one, releases as little as a tenth of the carbon dioxide of fire cremation. Michael Waters, Wired, "The Future of Death-Tech Has No Rules—Yet," 24 Jan. 2020 Alkaline hydrolysis involves placing a body in a chamber that is then filled with water and potassium hydroxide and heated up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit at high pressure. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019 An Arvada company, Sustainable Funeral, recently began offering another option, called alkaline hydrolysis or water cremation, that uses chemicals to speed up the decomposition of a body. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Colorado lawmakers to consider letting human bodies be composted," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hydrolysis

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrolysis

New Latin

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12 Jun 2020

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“Hydrolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrolysis. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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hydrolysis

noun
hy·​dro·​ly·​sis | \ hī-ˈdräl-ə-səs, ˌhī-drə-ˈlī- How to pronounce hydrolysis (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrolysis

: a chemical process of decomposition involving the splitting of a bond and the addition of the hydrogen cation and the hydroxide anion of water

Other Words from hydrolysis

hydrolytic \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce hydrolytic (audio) \ adjective
hydrolytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrolytically (audio) \ adverb

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