[ e-ster-uh-fahy ]
/ ɛˈstɛr əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with or without object), es·ter·i·fied, es·ter·i·fy·ing. Chemistry.

to convert into an ester.

Origin of esterify

First recorded in 1900–05; ester + -ify


es·ter·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivees·ter·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for esterification

  • 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

/ (ɛˈstɛrəˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

chem to change or cause to change into an ester

Derived forms of esterify

esterification, noun
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Medicine definitions for esterification

[ ĕ-stĕr′ə-fĭ-kāshən ]


A chemical reaction resulting in the formation of at least one ester product.

Other words from esterification

es•teri•fied (ĕ-stĕrə-fīd′) adj.
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