saponifier


saponifier

verb (used with object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.

  1. to convert (a fat) into soap by treating with an alkali.
  2. to decompose (any ester), forming the corresponding alcohol and acid or salt.

verb (used without object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.

  1. to become converted into soap.

verb -fies, -fying or -fied chem

  1. to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a fat is converted into a soap by treatment with alkali
  2. to undergo or cause to undergo a reaction in which an ester is hydrolysed to an acid and an alcohol as a result of treatment with an alkali

v.1821, from French saponifier (see saponification). Related: Saponified; saponifying. v.

  1. To undergo saponification.

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