hydrolyze

verb
hy·​dro·​lyze | \ ˈhī-drə-ˌlīz How to pronounce hydrolyze (audio) \
hydrolyzed; hydrolyzing

Definition of hydrolyze

transitive verb

: to subject to hydrolysis

intransitive verb

: to undergo hydrolysis

Other Words from hydrolyze

hydrolyzable \ ˈhī-​drə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce hydrolyze (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hydrolyze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but these fragments are likely too small to do any good. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, 5 Oct. 2019 Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but these fragments are likely too small to do any good. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, 5 Oct. 2019 Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but these fragments are likely too small to do any good. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, 5 Oct. 2019 Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but these fragments are likely too small to do any good. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, 5 Oct. 2019 Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but these fragments are likely too small to do any good. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, 5 Oct. 2019 Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but these fragments are likely too small to do any good. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, 5 Oct. 2019 Beef, pork and marine life are all popular sources for collagen supplements, which offer the protein in a hydrolyzed form. Lisa Drayer, CNN, 17 Oct. 2019 Soluble or hydrolyzed collagen, which is broken down into smaller fragments, does penetrate the skin, but these fragments are likely too small to do any good. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hydrolyze

1880, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for hydrolyze

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin hydrolysis

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“Hydrolyze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrolyze. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for hydrolyze

hydrolyze

verb
hy·​dro·​lyze
variants: or chiefly British hydrolyse \ ˈhī-​drə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce hydrolyze (audio) \
hydrolyzed or chiefly British hydrolysed; hydrolyzing or chiefly British hydrolysing

Medical Definition of hydrolyze

transitive verb

: to subject to hydrolysis

intransitive verb

: to undergo hydrolysis

Other Words from hydrolyze

hydrolyzable or chiefly British hydrolysable \ -​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce hydrolyze (audio) \ adjective

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