saponification

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

Definition of saponification

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

First Known Use of saponification

1817


Medical Dictionary

saponification

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

Medical Definition of saponification

  1. 1:  the hydrolysis of a fat by an alkali with the formation of a soap and glycerol

  2. 2:  the hydrolysis especially by an alkali of an ester into the corresponding alcohol and acid; broadly :  hydrolysis


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