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

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During alkaline hydrolysis, the pet’s body is placed in a pressurized vessel that is filled with water and lye, then heated. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 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, WIRED, "The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die," 17 June 2018 Alkaline hydrolysis was patented in the US in 1888, and the process hasn’t changed much since then. Emily Atkin, WIRED, "The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die," 17 June 2018 Alkaline hydrolysis was patented in the U.S. in 1888, and the process hasn’t changed much since then. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water," 14 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, 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

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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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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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