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[e-ster-uh-fahy] /ɛˈstɛr əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with or without object), esterified, esterifying. Chemistry.
to convert into an ester.
Origin of esterify
First recorded in 1900-05; ester + -ify
Related forms
esterifiable, adjective
esterification, noun Unabridged
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  • They afford further evidence of the generally low limit of esterification of the cellulose molecule.

  • 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


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(chem) to change or cause to change into an ester
Derived Forms
esterification, noun
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esterification in Medicine

esterification es·ter·i·fi·ca·tion (ě-stěr'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
A chemical reaction resulting in the formation of at least one ester product.

es·ter'i·fied (ě-stěr'ə-fīd') adj.
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