from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali, such as sodium hydroxide, producing a free alcohol and an acid salt, especially alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap.
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- n. The hydrolysis of an ester under basic conditions to form an alcohol and the salt of the acid.
- n. The reaction of a metallic alkali (base) with a fat or oil to form soap.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act, process, or result, of soap making; conversion into soap; specifically (Chem.), the decomposition of fats and other ethereal salts by alkalies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Conversion into soap; the process in which fatty substances, through combination with an alkali, form soap.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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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