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v. sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing, sa·pon·i·fies
1. To convert (an ester) by saponification.
2. To convert (a fat or oil) into soap.
To undergo saponification.

[French saponifier : Latin sāpō, sāpōn-, hair dye; see saponin + French -fier, -fy.]

sa·pon′i·fi′a·ble adj.
sa·pon′i·fi′er n.
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The saponifiable lipids were converted to their methyl esters using the standard boron trifluoride-methanol method (Morrison & Smith 1964).
On the other hand, thetriacylglycerols (TAG) in FOG arealso saponifiable, i.
They may include chloride analysis, sulfate and carbonate analysis, nitrate analysis, protein analysis and saponifiable oil analysis (G.