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[v] chemistry: convert into soap by hydrolizing an ester into an acid and alcohol as a result of treating it with an alkali; of oil or fat
[v] chemistry: become converted into soap by being hydrolized into an acid and alcohol as a result of being treated with an alkali; of oil or fat


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\Sa*pon"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Saponified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Saponifying}.] [L. sapo, -onis, soap + -fy: cf. F. saponifier.] To convert into soap, as tallow or any fat; hence (Chem.), to subject to any similar process, as that which ethereal salts undergo in decomposition; as, to saponify ethyl acetate.

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