hydrolyze

[ hahy-druh-lahyz ]
/ ˈhaɪ drəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with or without object), hy·dro·lyzed, hy·dro·lyz·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hydrolyze

hy·dro·lyz·a·ble, adjectivehy·dro·ly·za·tion, nounhy·dro·lyz·er, nounun·hy·dro·lyzed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for hydrolyze

  • Heated with water in the absence of free acid, they hydrolyze even more readily than the salts of aluminium.

  • A large number of such enzymes have been found in plants, many of which hydrolyze only a single glucoside.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • These materials are so extremely difficult to hydrolyze that their composition has not yet been definitely determined.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • They are very difficult to hydrolyze, and indigestible by animals.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher