In acid-catalyzed hydrolysis, the hydronium ion is clearly reformed; however, in the base-catalyzed hydrolysis, an alcohol is formed as a by-product, but the strong base isn't reformed. Is it a misnomer to call it base "catalyzed"?

  • $\begingroup$ The initial products of saponification are a carboxylic acid and alkoxide. These two react to form a carboxylate and an alcohol, the leveling effect. The reaction is stoichiometric in base. In this sense you are correct, it is a misnomer. $\endgroup$ – user55119 Jun 24 '19 at 3:33

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