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[hahy-druh-lahyz] /ˈhaɪ drəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), hydrolyzed, hydrolyzing.
to subject or be subjected to hydrolysis.
Also, especially British, hydrolyse.
Origin of hydrolyze
1875-80; hydro(lysis) + -lyze
Related forms
hydrolyzable, adjective
hydrolyzation, noun
hydrolyzer, noun
unhydrolyzed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hydrolyze
  • However, arsenic esters hydrolyze completely in neutral water within a few minutes.
  • Run in reverse, they hydrolyze water into oxygen plus hydrogen fuel.
  • It seems to me the simplest way to do this is to use solar to create hydrolyze water using that hydrogen as the base for methane.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrolyze


to subject to or undergo hydrolysis
Derived Forms
hydrolysable, (US) hydrolyzable, adjective
hydrolysation, (US) hydrolyzation, noun
hydrolyser, (US) hydrolyzer, noun
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