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 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 The first is a protein of vegetable origin, produced by the enzymatic hydrolysis of soya flour. Sophie Cockett, Glamour, 4 Apr. 2021 Kittibanthorn makes feathers edible by breaking down the protein using a process called acid hydrolysis. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 8 Dec. 2020 As an alternative to cremation, the chemical process of alkaline hydrolysis can reduce remains to bone fragments. Mark Evely, The Conversation, 15 Sep. 2020 Several states, like Wisconsin, do not yet permit alkaline hydrolysis. Abdel Jimenez, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 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, 25 Mar. 2020 The advantages of alkaline hydrolysis: Environmental sustainability: The process does not consume fuel or create emissions. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2020

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Hydrolysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrolysis. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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