The reaction of water with another chemical compound to form two or more products, involving ionization of the water molecule and usually splitting the other compound. Examples include the catalytic conversion of starch to glucose, saponification, and the formation of acids or bases from dissolved ions.
hydro·lyte′ (-līt′) n.
hy′dro·lytic (-drə-lĭtĭk) adj.
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