Saponify Definition

saponified, saponifies, saponifying
To convert (an ester) by saponification.
American Heritage
To subject to saponification; specif., to convert (a fat) into soap by reaction with an alkali.
Webster's New World
To undergo conversion to soap.
Webster's New World

Origin of Saponify

  • French saponifier Latin sāpō sāpōn- hair dye saponin French -fier -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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