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sa·pon·i·fi·ca·tion

 (sə-pŏn′ə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
A reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali, such as sodium hydroxide, producing a free alcohol and a carboxylate salt, especially alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap.
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Noun1.saponification - a chemical reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali (especially the alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap)
chemical reaction, reaction - (chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others; "there was a chemical reaction of the lime with the ground water"
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saponification

[səˌpɒnɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] nsaponificazione f
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