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verb (used with or without object), hy·dro·lyzed, hy·dro·lyz·ing.
  1. to subject or be subjected to hydrolysis.
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Also especially British, hy·dro·lyse.

Origin of hydrolyze

First recorded in 1875–80; hydro(lysis) + -lyze
Related formshy·dro·lyz·a·ble, adjectivehy·dro·ly·za·tion, nounhy·dro·lyz·er, nounun·hy·dro·lyzed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hydrolyse

Historical Examples of hydrolyse

  • The name "lipobacter" has been proposed by De Kruyff for bacteria which hydrolyse fats.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

    W. H. Simmons

  • Emulsine has the property of being able to hydrolyse the glucoside amygdalin to glucose, benzaldehyde, and hydrocyanic acid.

  • Solanine will stand boiling with strongly alkaline solutions without decomposition; but dilute acids, on warming, hydrolyse.

  • They hydrolyse readily when boiled with solutions of caustic alkalies or mineral acids, yielding the constituent acid and alcohol.

British Dictionary definitions for hydrolyse


US hydrolyze

  1. to subject to or undergo hydrolysis
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Derived Formshydrolysable or US hydrolyzable, adjectivehydrolysation or US hydrolyzation, nounhydrolyser or US hydrolyzer, noun
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