autocatalysis

noun
au·​to·​ca·​tal·​y·​sis | \ ˌȯ-tō-kə-ˈta-lə-səs How to pronounce autocatalysis (audio) \
plural autocatalyses\ ˌȯ-​tō-​kə-​ˈta-​lə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce autocatalyses (audio) \

Definition of autocatalysis

: catalysis of a reaction by one of its products

Other Words from autocatalysis

autocatalytic \ ˌȯ-​tō-​ˌka-​tə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce autocatalytic (audio) \ adjective
autocatalytically \ ˌȯ-​tō-​ˌka-​tə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autocatalytically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of autocatalysis

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autocatalysis

New Latin

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“Autocatalysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autocatalysis. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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autocatalysis

noun
au·​to·​ca·​tal·​y·​sis | \ ˌȯt-ō-kə-ˈtal-ə-səs How to pronounce autocatalysis (audio) \
plural autocatalyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce autocatalyses (audio) \

Medical Definition of autocatalysis

: catalysis of a reaction by one of its products

called also autoactivation

Other Words from autocatalysis

autocatalytic \ -​ˌkat-​ᵊl-​ˈit-​ik How to pronounce autocatalytic (audio) \ adjective
autocatalytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autocatalytically (audio) \ adverb

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