Medical Term:

saponification

Pronunciation: să-pon′i-fi-kā′shŭn

Definition: Conversion into soap, denoting the hydrolytic action of an alkali on fat, especially on triacylglycerols; in histochemistry, saponification is used to demethylate or reverse blockage of carboxylic acid groups, thus permitting basophilia to occur.

[sapo- (sapon-) + L. facio, to make]

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