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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Hydrolytic  \Hy`dro*lyt"ic\,  a.  [Hydro-,  1  +  Gr  ?  to  loose.] 
  Tending  to  remove  or  separate  water;  eliminating  water. 
  Hydrolytic  agents,  such  as  sulphuric  acid  or  caustic 
  alkali.  --Encyc.  Brit. 
  {Hydrolytic  ferment}  (Physiol.  Chem.),  a  ferment,  enzyme,  or 
  chemical  ferment,  which  acts  only  in  the  presence  of 
  water,  and  which  causes  the  substance  acted  upon  to  take 
  up  a  molecule  of  water.  Thus  diastase  of  malt,  ptyalin  of 
  saliva,  and  boiling  dilute  sulphuric  acid  all  convert 
  starch  by  hydration  into  dextrin  and  sugar.  Nearly  all  of 
  the  digestive  ferments  are  hydrolytic  in  their  action