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

  • noun A reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali, such as sodium hydroxide, producing a free alcohol and a carboxylate salt, especially alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Conversion into soap; the process in which fatty substances, through combination with an alkali, form soap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act, process, or result, of soap making; conversion into soap; specifically (Chem.), the decomposition of fats and other ethereal salts by alkalies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chemistry The hydrolysis of an ester under basic conditions to form an alcohol and the salt of the acid.
  • noun The reaction of a metallic alkali (base) with a fat or oil to form soap.

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

  • noun 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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  • Go to the Mütter Museum (virtual tour, upper gallery on the website) and you will actually see a "Soap Lady."

    February 26, 2007

  • huuugh! Corpse wax.

    February 26, 2007

  • Also called adipocere, apparently. :-)

    February 27, 2007