Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Acid Hydrolysis

  • Mark Dörr
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_21-2


Hydrolysis (Greek: υδωρ [hydor] = “water” and λύσις [lýsis] = “solution”) is a chemical reaction in which a compound is cleaved by water. If a proton-donating compound (Brønsted acid) catalyzes the reaction, it is called “acid hydrolysis.” Formally one part of the cleaved reaction product receives a proton (H+), the other a hydroxyl (OH) moiety of a water molecule. Hydrolysis can also be catalyzed by a base. The reverse reaction is called a “condensation reaction.”


Water Molecule Bioorganic Chemistry Acid Hydrolysis Condensation Reaction Reverse Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark