autocatalysis

noun
au·to·ca·tal·y·sis | \ˌȯ-tō-kə-ˈta-lə-səs \
plural autocatalyses\-ˌsēz \

Definition of autocatalysis 

: catalysis of a reaction by one of its products

Other Words from autocatalysis

autocatalytic \-ˌka-tə-ˈli-tik \ adjective
autocatalytically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

First Known Use of autocatalysis

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autocatalysis

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autocatalysis

noun
au·to·ca·tal·y·sis | \ˌȯt-ō-kə-ˈtal-ə-səs \
plural autocatalyses\-ˌsēz \

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 \ adjective
autocatalytically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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