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[aw-toh-kuh-tal-uh-sis] /ˌɔ toʊ kəˈtæl ə sɪs/
noun, plural autocatalyses
[aw-toh-kuh-tal-uh-seez] /ˌɔ toʊ kəˈtæl əˌsiz/ (Show IPA).
Chemistry, Biochemistry.
catalysis caused by a catalytic agent formed during a reaction.
Origin of autocatalysis
First recorded in 1890-95; auto-1 + catalysis
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[aw-toh-kat-l-it-ik] /ˌɔ toʊˌkæt lˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
autocatalytically, adverb Unabridged
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  • He demonstrated the processes of synthesis and autocatalysis that enabled such small samples to be multiplied indefinitely.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for autocatalysis


noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
the catalysis of a reaction in which the catalyst is one of the products of the reaction
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autocatalysis in Medicine

autocatalysis au·to·ca·tal·y·sis (ô'tō-kə-tāl'ĭ-sĭs)
Catalysis of a chemical reaction by one of the products of the reaction.

au'to·cat'a·lyt'ic (-kāt'l-ĭt'ĭk) adj.
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