autocatalysis

[ aw-toh-kuh-tal-uh-sis ]
/ ˌɔ toʊ kəˈtæl ə sɪs /

noun, plural au·to·ca·tal·y·ses [aw-toh-kuh-tal-uh-seez]. /ˌɔ toʊ kəˈtæl əˌsiz/. Chemistry, Biochemistry.

catalysis caused by a catalytic agent formed during a reaction.

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Origin of autocatalysis

First recorded in 1890–95; auto-1 + catalysis

OTHER WORDS FROM autocatalysis

au·to·cat·a·lyt·ic [aw-toh-kat-l-it-ik], /ˌɔ toʊˌkæt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjectiveau·to·cat·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for autocatalysis

  • He demonstrated the processes of synthesis and autocatalysis that enabled such small samples to be multiplied indefinitely.

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British Dictionary definitions for autocatalysis

autocatalysis
/ (ˌɔːtəʊkəˈtælɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

the catalysis of a reaction in which the catalyst is one of the products of the reaction
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Medical definitions for autocatalysis

autocatalysis
[ ô′tō-kə-tălĭ-sĭs ]

n.

Catalysis of a chemical reaction by one of the products of the reaction.

Other words from autocatalysis

au′to•cat′a•lytic (-kăt′l-ĭtĭk) adj.
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