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hydrolysis

hydrolysis (hI-drol´i-sis)

A chemical process whereby a compound is cleaved into two or more simpler compounds with the uptake of the H and OH parts of a water molecule on either side of the chemical bond cleaved; h. is effected by the action of acids, alkalies, or enzymes. Cf. hydration. hydrolytic cleavage; [hydro- + G. lysis, dissolution]

 

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