saponification number


noun Chemistry.

the number of milligrams of potassium hydroxide required to saponify one gram of a given ester, especially a glyceride.

Nearby words

  1. sapodilla,
  2. sapodilla family,
  3. saponaceous,
  4. saponaria,
  5. saponification,
  6. saponify,
  7. saponin,
  8. saponite,
  9. sapor,
  10. saporific

Origin of saponification number

First recorded in 1895–1900; saponi(fy) + -fication

Also called saponification value.

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