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saponify

sa·pon·i·fy

saponify

 
pronunciation:
s pa nih faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: saponified, saponifies, saponifying
definition 1: to make soap of (a fat).
definition 2: to break down (an ester) into an alcohol and an acid or salt.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: of a fat, to undergo conversion to soap.
definition 2: of an ester, to be broken down into an alcohol and an acid or salt.
derivations: saponification (n.), saponifier (n.)