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    With alkaline hydrolysis of esters and polypeptides, is it the hydroxide ion or water molecule present in you solution of alkali which 'breaks' the bond?
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    http://www.chem.ucalgary.ca/courses/...h20-3-3-1.html
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    so can you say hydrolysis is the breakdown of a compound by either water or hydroxide ions then?
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    Alkaline hydrolysis uses up OH- in the process.

    As opposed to acid hydrolysis, which is catalysed by H+ ions (they aren't used up) - this hydrolysis is done by water.

    Ergo, your statement seems rather true to me.
 
 
 
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