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accelerant

[ ak-sel-er-uhnt ]
/ ækˈsɛl ər ənt /
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noun
something that speeds up a process.
a substance that accelerates the spread of fire or makes a fire more intense: Arson was suspected when police found accelerants at the scene of the fire.
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Origin of accelerant

1915–20; <Latin accelerant- (stem of accelerāns) hastening (present participle of accelerāre). See accelerate
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British Dictionary definitions for accelerant

accelerant
/ (ækˈsɛlərənt) /

noun
chem another name for accelerator (def. 3)

Word Origin for accelerant

C20: from Latin from accelerāns, present participle of accelerāre to go faster
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Medical definitions for accelerant

accelerant
[ ăk-sĕlər-ənt ]

n.
Accelerator.
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Scientific definitions for accelerant

accelerant
[ ăk-sĕlər-ənt ]

A substance, such as a petroleum distillate, that is used as a catalyst, as in spreading an intentionally set fire.
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