steatolysis

/ (ˌstɪəˈtɒlɪsɪs) /

noun physiol

the digestive process whereby fats are emulsified and then hydrolysed to fatty acids and glycerine
the breaking down of fat
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Medicine definitions for steatolysis

steatolysis
[ stē′ə-tŏlĭ-sĭs ]

n.

Hydrolysis or emulsion of fat in the digestive process.

Other words from steatolysis

ste′a•to•lytic (-tə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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