Definition of esterification in English:


Syllabification: es·ter·i·fi·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /esˌterəfiˈkāSHən


  • Chemistry A reaction of an alcohol with an acid to produce an ester and water.
    More example sentences
    • The degrees of esterification were 92% and 28.5% while galacturonic acid contents were 82% and 65%, respectively, for the two pectins.
    • To convert it into fuel, the used fats and oil are subject to a process called esterification, where a sulphur-free product similar to diesel oil - Bio-Diesel - is created.
    • The dimerization equilibrium constant increases with the extent of esterification.

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