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esterify

[e-ster-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with or without object), es·ter·i·fied, es·ter·i·fy·ing. Chemistry.
  1. to convert into an ester.

Origin of esterify

First recorded in 1900–05; ester + -ify
Related formses·ter·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivees·ter·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for esterification

Historical Examples

  • They afford further evidence of the generally low limit of esterification of the cellulose molecule.

    Researches on Cellulose

    C. F. Cross

  • It also appears that instability may be due to by-products of the esterification process derived from the cellulose itself.


British Dictionary definitions for esterification

esterify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. chem to change or cause to change into an ester
Derived Formsesterification, noun
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esterification in Medicine

esterification

([object Object])
n.
  1. A chemical reaction resulting in the formation of at least one ester product.
Related formses•teri•fied (ĕ-stĕrə-fīd′) adj.
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