hydrolysis


hydrolysis
hydrolysis [hī dräl′ə sis]
n.
pl. hydrolyses [hī dräl′isēz΄] [ HYDRO- + -LYSIS]
a chemical reaction in which a substance reacts with water so as to be changed into one or more other substances, as a starch into glucose, natural fats into glycerol and fatty acids, or a salt into a weak acid or a weak base
hydrolytic [hī΄drō lit′ik]
adj.

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