saponify

verb sa·pon·i·fy \ sə-ˈpä-nə-ˌfī \

Definition of saponify

saponified; saponifying
transitive verb
: to convert (something, such as fat) into soap; specifically : to hydrolyze (a fat) with alkali to form a soap and glycerol
intransitive verb
: to undergo saponifying

saponifiable

play \sə-ˈpä-nə-ˌfī-ə-bəl\ adjective

saponifier

play \sə-ˈpä-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Origin and Etymology of saponify

French saponifier, from Latin sapon-, sapo


Medical Dictionary

saponify

verb sa·pon·i·fy \ sə-ˈpän-ə-ˌfī \

medical Definition of saponify

saponified; saponifying
transitive verb
: to convert (as a fat or fatty acid) into soap : subject to saponification
intransitive verb
: to undergo saponification

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