hydrolysis

noun
hy·dro·ly·sis | \ hī-ˈdrä-lə-səs \

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 \ adjective
hydrolytically \ˌhī-drə-ˈli-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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This process is known colloquially as water cremation and scientifically as alkaline hydrolysis, or aquamation. Emily Atkin, WIRED, "The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die," 17 June 2018 This process is known colloquially as water cremation and scientifically as alkaline hydrolysis, or aquamation. Emily Atkin, WIRED, "The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die," 17 June 2018 This process is known colloquially as water cremation and scientifically as alkaline hydrolysis, or aquamation. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water," 14 June 2018 If a first responder administers a sarin-destroying molecule, each therapeutic molecule must be capable of breaking down through hydrolysis hundreds of nerve agent molecules per second, one after another. Ian Haydon, Scientific American, "Enzymes versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons," 11 Apr. 2017 When alkaline hydrolysis was introduced in the 1990s, manufacturers made stainless steel vats about 20 feet across into which the carcasses could be thrown. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 1 Mar. 2018 After several hours, the vast majority – more than 99.9 percent – of the deadly compound can be broken apart by a process called hydrolysis. Ian Haydon, Scientific American, "Enzymes versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons," 11 Apr. 2017 Alkaline hydrolysis involves placing a body in a chamber that is then filled with water and potassium hydroxide and heated to about 320 degrees F at high pressure. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 1 Mar. 2018 The environmental benefits of alkaline hydrolysis are significant. Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times, "An Alternative to Burial and Cremation Gains Popularity," 19 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of hydrolysis was in 1880

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hydrolysis

noun
hy·dro·ly·sis | \ hī-ˈdräl-ə-səs, ˌhī-drə-ˈlī- \

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 \ adjective
hydrolytically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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