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Posted by on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 8:11pm.

Could you explain in detail why a saponification reaction is considered to be the reverse of an esterification reaction.

  • Chemistry - , Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 11:44pm

    Esterification = Reaction of an organic acid with an alcohol to form an ester and water.

    Saponification = Reaction of a basic (NaOH) solution with an ester to form a salt of the organic acid and the alcohol in the ester. The acid in the ester is pulled out as a salt (soap) along with the alcohol.

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