Definition of autocatalysis in English:

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autocatalysis

Pronunciation: /ˌôdəkəˈtaləsəs/

noun

Chemistry
Catalysis of a reaction by one of its products.
Example sentences
  • By autocatalysis or autocatalytic evolution he refers to ‘intrinsically driven and self-propelled’ biological change.
  • That is, we would need to know the exact concentration of the photoproducts in order to determine the rate constant for autocatalysis.
  • It seems that amino acids are indeed the result of autocatalysis.

Derivatives

autocatalyst

Pronunciation: /-ˈkatl-ist/
noun
Example sentences
  • The amount of palladium used in autocatalysts in the 1990s was very high compared to platinum.
  • The new facility is a major step in our strategy for the growth of our global autocatalyst business.
  • Self-propagation occurs when the autocatalyst diffuses into the reactive medium, initiating reaction and creating more autocatalyst.

autocatalytic

Pronunciation: /-ˌkatlˈitik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This is a complex autocatalytic oxidation-reduction reaction in which one of the active species changes color on oxidation.
  • A change in the gene - a mutation - results not in the destruction of its autocatalytic power but in a modification of the autocatalytic process that now duplicates the altered gene.
  • The observations also suggest that ethylene in ripening is regulated entirely in an autocatalytic manner.

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Syllabification: au·to·ca·tal·y·sis

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