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verb (used with object), sal·i·fied, sal·i·fy·ing.
  1. to form into a salt, as by chemical combination.
  2. to mix or combine with a salt.
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Origin of salify

First recorded in 1780–90; sal + -ify
Related formssal·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivesal·i·fi·ca·tion [sal-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌsæl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun
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Examples from the Web for salifiable

Historical Examples of salifiable

  • Brom′ate, a combination of bromic acid with a salifiable base; Brom′ide, a combination of bromine with a base.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • They resist saponification, and (excepting oil of cloves) do not combine with the salifiable bases.

  • It combines with the salifiable bases in a nearly similar manner to oil of cloves.

  • All its combinations with salifiable bases were unknown to the ancient chemists.

    Elements of Chemistry,

    Antoine Lavoisier

  • The order of affinity of the salifiable bases with this acid is hitherto unknown.

    Elements of Chemistry,

    Antoine Lavoisier

British Dictionary definitions for salifiable


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to treat, mix with, or cause to combine with a salt
  2. to convert (a substance) into a saltto salify ammonia by treatment with hydrochloric acid
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Derived Formssalifiable, adjectivesalification, noun

Word Origin for salify

C18: from French salifier, from New Latin salificāre, from Latin sal salt + facere to make
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salifiable in Medicine


  1. Capable of being made into a salt. Used of a base that combines with acids to make salts.
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