noun, plural ca·tal·y·ses [kuh-tal-uh-seez] /kəˈtæl əˌsiz/.
Origin of catalysis
Examples from the Web for catalysis
We should see the building of crystals, catalysis, and the movements of unstable compounds.The Last Harvest|John Burroughs
"I think you can rely upon your powers of catalysis, Dorothy," he said.The Vanity Girl|Compton Mackenzie
They've found the secret of catalysis, and can actually synthesize any catalytic agent they want.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
We may look upon this process as a special kind of catalysis.The Wonders of Life|Ernst Haeckel
The phenomenon known as "catalysis" is of common occurrence in both inorganic and organic chemistry.The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for catalysis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin for catalysis
Word Origin and History for catalysis
1650s, "dissolution," from Latinized form of Greek katalysis "dissolution, a dissolving" (of governments, military units, etc.), from katalyein "to dissolve," from kata- "down" (or "completely"), see cata-, + lyein "to loosen" (see lose). Chemical sense "change caused by an agent which itself remains unchanged" is attested from 1836, introduced by Swedish chemist Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779-1848).