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.

Nearby words

  1. autobiography,
  2. autobiography of alice b. toklas, the,
  3. autobus,
  4. autocade,
  5. autocar,
  6. autocatharsis,
  7. autocephalous,
  8. autocephaly,
  9. autochanger,
  10. autochrome

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

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British Dictionary definitions for autocatalytic

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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Medicine definitions for autocatalytic

autocatalysis

[ ô′tō-kə-tălĭ-sĭs ]

n.

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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