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[li-pol-uh-sis, lahy-]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. the hydrolysis of fats into fatty acids and glycerol, as by lipase.
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Origin of lipolysis

From New Latin, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at lipo-1, -lysis
Related formslip·o·lit·ic [lip-uh-lit-ik, lahy-puh-] /ˌlɪp əˈlɪt ɪk, ˌlaɪ pə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lipolysis


  1. chem the hydrolysis of fats resulting in the production of carboxylic acids and glycerol
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Derived Formslipolytic (ˌlɪpəʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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lipolysis in Medicine


(lĭ-pŏlĭ-sĭs, lī-)
n. pl. li•pol•y•ses (-sēz′)
  1. The hydrolysis of lipids.
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Related formslip′o•lytic (lĭp′ə-lĭtĭk, lī′pə-) adj.
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