Saponify meaning

sə-pŏn'ə-fī'
To convert (an ester) by saponification.
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To convert (a fat or oil) into soap.
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To undergo saponification.
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To subject to saponification; specif., to convert (a fat) into soap by reaction with an alkali.
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To undergo conversion to soap.
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To convert a fat or oil into soap; to be converted into soap.
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(chemistry) To hydrolyze an ester using an alkali.
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Origin of saponify

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