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  1. producing, noting, or resulting in hydrolysis.
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Origin of hydrolytic

First recorded in 1870–75; hydro-1 + -lytic
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Examples from the Web for hydrolytic

Historical Examples

  • The effect of sodium chloride on the bacteriological results, like that on the hydrolytic constant, is anomalous.

    Chlorination of Water

    Joseph Race

  • In general, the results of the action of the chemicals were in accord with the theory of hydrolytic association.

  • The constituent groups have been investigated chiefly by hydrolytic methods.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • While the hydrolytic action of enzymes is thus clear the synthesis in the cell is still a riddle.

  • Very little is known concerning the reversible action of the hydrolytic protein enzymes.

British Dictionary definitions for hydrolytic


  1. of, concerned with, producing, or produced by hydrolysis
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