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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Decomposition of a chemical compound by reaction with water, such as the dissociation of a dissolved salt or the catalytic conversion of starch to glucose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chemical process of decomposition involving the splitting of a bond and the addition of the hydrogen cation and the hydroxide anion of water.
  • n. The degradation of certain biopolymers (proteins, complex sugars) by the chemical process that results in smaller polymers or monomers (such as amino acids or monosaccharides)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chemical process causing the splitting of a chemical bond by the addition of the elements of water. .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of chemical decomposition by which a compound is broken up and resolved into other compounds by taking up the elements of water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chemical reaction in which water reacts with a compound to produce other compounds; involves the splitting of a bond and the addition of the hydrogen cation and the hydroxide anion from the water

Etymologies

From hydro- + -lysis. (Wiktionary)

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