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HYDROLYSIS

The decomposition of organic compounds by interaction with water. Hydrolysis in its purest form are chemical reactions that when occurring in water are used to dissolve the bonds of a specific substance. For this reason, hydrolysis is capable of doing precisely the opposite reaction to condensement, which is the process that forms a larger molecule when to smaller ones combine. An example of hydrolysis is when a weak acid such as salt is exposed to water and begins to dissolve.