from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To subject to or undergo hydrolysis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause (a substance) to undergo hydrolysis.

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  • verb chemistry to undergo, or to subject something to hydrolysis

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

  • verb undergo hydrolysis; decompose by reacting with water


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  • But, if you really want to understand the detailed molecular interactions that make it go in a particular direction, make certain contacts, break other contacts, hydrolyze GTP, you know, form bonds, etcetera, and do it all amazingly accurately, then you do need a high resolution picture of those states.

    Venkatraman Ramakrishnan - Interview

  • So, again, since so much of cooking is about time and temperature, collagen happens to hydrolyze and denature starting around somewhere in the order of, well, let's call 160.

    New Frontier For Geeks: The Kitchen

  • Crockpots, you know, are designed to allow for long, slow things to hydrolyze and denature in the collagen.

    New Frontier For Geeks: The Kitchen

  • Well, if you have biomass and want a biofuel, you either hydrolyze and ferment it to produce ethanol, or gasify and catalyze it to make methanol.

    Patrick Takahashi: Ethanol Vs. Methanol

  • When heat vents in the ocean and other weird and unlikely events were offered as possible ways life got started then Stanley Miller was honest enough to come forward and shoot them down citing the basic chemistry of amino acids they easily hydrolyze.

    Scientists' Responses Solicited

  • And then, just to complicate things, some people say that the sucrose in sodas is hydrolyzed into its components glucose and fructose: when a soft drink is sweetened with sucrose, over time the acid in the soft drink will actually hydrolyze sucrose into its glucose and fructose components.

    High-fructose corn syrup fights back | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • All animals, including strict herbivores, need to have enzymes to hydrolyze proteins to release amino acids.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • The ability of snails to hydrolyze plant polysaccharides xylan, mannan, starch and cellulose as well as chitin, an animal and fungal polysaccharide, is probably an indication of their omnivorous diet.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • These enzymes hydrolyze anything from a disaccharide (e.g. sucrose) to a polysaccharide (e.g. starch) into smaller and simpler carbohydrates.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • In addition, the enzymes hydrolyze not only the starches but some of the proteins as well.

    Chapter 26


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