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

Other Words from hydrolysis

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

Examples of hydrolysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kemmis isn’t alone in comparing alkaline hydrolysis to flame cremation. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2022 California has already sanctioned alkaline hydrolysis — cremation by water — when then-Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) authored AB 967 in 2017. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Alkaline hydrolysis, which requires expanding the legal definition of cremation to include water, has been approved in 22 states but is available for humans in only 14. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 Alkaline hydrolysis, which requires expanding the legal definition of cremation to include water, has been approved in 22 states but is available for humans in only 14. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 West Laurel Hill Cemetery in suburban Philadelphia is home to the state’s first alkaline hydrolysis machine, which resembles an oversize fish poacher. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 West Laurel Hill Cemetery in suburban Philadelphia is home to the state’s first alkaline hydrolysis machine, which resembles an oversize fish poacher. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 The body is placed in an alkaline hydrolysis machine, comprised of an airtight chamber filled with a solution made of water and alkaline chemicals. Ghazi Balkiz And Jennifer Hauser, CNN, 2 Jan. 2022 Circ uses a process called thermal hydrolysis that uses heat and pressure to break down polyester molecules into their original ingredients, ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid—a process known as depolymerization. Harris Quinn, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Hydrolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrolysis. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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 hydrolysis (audio) \ adjective
hydrolytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrolysis (audio) \ adverb

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