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.

Origin of autocatalysis

First recorded in 1890–95; auto-1 + catalysis
Related formsau·to·cat·a·lyt·ic [aw-toh-kat-l-it-ik] /ˌɔ toʊˌkæt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjectiveau·to·cat·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for autocatalysis

Historical Examples of autocatalysis

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

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    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for autocatalysis


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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autocatalysis in Medicine




Catalysis of a chemical reaction by one of the products of the reaction.
Related formsau′to•cat′a•lytic (-kăt′l-ĭtĭk) adj.
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