[ suh-pon-uh-fahy ]
/ səˈpɒn əˌfaɪ /
verb (used with object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.
to convert (a fat) into soap by treating with an alkali.
to decompose (any ester), forming the corresponding alcohol and acid or salt.
verb (used without object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.
to become converted into soap.
- sapodilla family,
- saponification number,
Origin of saponify
sa·pon·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivesa·pon·i·fi·ca·tion, nounsa·pon·i·fi·er, nounnon·sa·pon·i·fi·a·ble, adjective
non·sa·pon·i·fi·ca·tion, nounun·sa·pon·i·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·sa·pon·i·fied, adjective
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/ (səˈpɒnɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied chem
to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a fat is converted into a soap by treatment with alkali
to undergo or cause to undergo a reaction in which an ester is hydrolysed to an acid and an alcohol as a result of treatment with an alkali
Word Origin for saponify
C19: from French saponifier, from Latin sāpō soap
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1821, from French saponifier (see saponification). Related: Saponified; saponifying.
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[ sə-pŏn′ə-fī′ ]
To undergo saponification.
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