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Saponification Definition

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[n] a chemical reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali (especially the alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap)


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\Sa*pon`i*fi*ca"tion\, n. [Cf. F. saponification. See {Saponify}.] The act, process, or result, of soap making; conversion into soap; specifically (Chem.), the decomposition of fats and other ethereal salts by alkalies; as, the saponification of ethyl acetate.

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