saponify

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verb sa·pon·i·fy \sə-ˈpä-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of saponify

saponified

;

saponifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to convert (something, such as fat) into soap; specifically :  to hydrolyze (a fat) with alkali to form a soap and glycerol

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to undergo saponifying

saponifiable

play \-ˌfī-ə-bəl\ adjective

saponifier

play \-ˈpä-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Origin and Etymology of saponify

French saponifier, from Latin sapon-, sapo


First Known Use: 1821


Medical Dictionary

saponify

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verb sa·pon·i·fy \sə-ˈpän-ə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of saponify

saponified

;

saponifying

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to convert (as a fat or fatty acid) into soap :  subject to saponification

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo saponification

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