noun, plural ca·tal·y·ses [kuh-tal-uh-seez] /kəˈtæl əˌsiz/.
- catalytic converter,
- catalytic cracker,
- catalytic cracking
Origin of catalysis
Examples from the Web for catalytic
Communications tools and political platform building workshops could be catalytic.Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan|Akshaya Kumar|December 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A catalytic may be used to ignite gas or to convert oleins into stearines.The Classification of Patents|United States Patent Office
Fermentation by means of a soluble ferment or diastase, a phenomenon which may almost be called vital, is also a catalytic action.The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
The catalytic action seems to be in part connected with the property of absorbing gases and rendering them nascent.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
The sugar-making faculty of the liver is another "catalytic" mystery, as great as the rest of them, and no greater.Medical Essays|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Now each Catalytic has peculiarities and affinities that distinguish it from all others.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin for catalysis
1836, from Latinized form of Greek katalytikos "able to dissolve," from katalyein (see 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).