saponification

noun sa·pon·i·fi·ca·tion \ sə-ˌpä-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of saponification

:the act, process, or result of making soap :conversion into soap

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First Known Use of saponification

1817


Medical Dictionary

saponification

noun sa·pon·i·fi·ca·tion \ sə-ˌpän-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

medical Definition of saponification

1 :the hydrolysis of a fat by an alkali with the formation of a soap and glycerol
2 :the hydrolysis especially by an alkali of an ester into the corresponding alcohol and acid; broadly :hydrolysis

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