saponify

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become converted into soap by being hydrolized into an acid and alcohol as a result of being treated with an alkali

convert into soap by hydrolizing an ester into an acid and alcohol as a result of treating it with an alkali

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For example, Bradford Soap Works, West Warwick, RI, saponifies oils in order to make them the base of certain soaps--a first in the commercially-available category, according to Bradford Soap Works executives.