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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - 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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  • Interestingly, one of the beneficial uses of hot-fat saponification is in the kitchen:
  • He demonstrated the reactions occurring when this phenomenon, known as saponification, is brought about by strong bases or strong acids.
  • When organic matters (resins, waxes, oils) are decomposed by inorganic solutions, one speaks of "saponification".
  • Caustic soda solution indicated for saponification: for more
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