What is the process of hydrolysis?
Hydrolysis is when you break up a molecule by adding water.
Hydrolysis comes from Hydros, the Greek god of water, and lysis, meaning cut or unbind. Hydrolysis is literally water-cutting.
An example of hydrolysis is with proteins. Proteins are formed with condensation reactions between amino acids - they lose
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Hydrolysis also works with sugars - the glycosidic bonds, formed through condensation reactions too, can be broken down with water, from long, starch-like molecules into individual glucose molecules or other sugar monomers.
Simply, though, hydrolysis is just breaking down long molecules into short ones using water.