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catalytic cracking


noun

the reduction of the molecular weight of hydrocarbons by a catalyst, accomplished in a petroleum refinery by a type of chemical reactor (catalytic cracker).Compare cracker(def 10), cracking(def 1).

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catalysis, catalyst, catalytic, catalytic converter, catalytic cracker, catalytic cracking, catalyze, catamaran, catamarca, catamenia, catamite
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