bio·​cat·​a·​lyst | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ˈka-tə-ləst How to pronounce biocatalyst (audio) \

Definition of biocatalyst

: a catalyst (such as an enzyme) of biological origin

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biocatalysis \ ˌbī-​(ˌ)ō-​kə-​ˈta-​lə-​sis How to pronounce biocatalysis (audio) \ noun
biocatalytic \ ˌbī-​(ˌ)ō-​ˌka-​tə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce biocatalytic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of biocatalyst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, the emerging methods for producing biodegradable plastic offer a perfect example of how greener solvents and more effective biocatalysts can contribute to generating a circular economy in a major industry. Javier Garcia Martinez, Scientific American, "Bioplastics Could Solve a Major Pollution Problem," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of biocatalyst

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Biocatalyst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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bio·​cat·​a·​lyst | \ -ˈkat-ᵊl-əst How to pronounce biocatalyst (audio) \

Medical Definition of biocatalyst

: a catalyst and especially an enzyme of biological origin

Other Words from biocatalyst

biocatalysis \ -​kə-​ˈtal-​ə-​səs How to pronounce biocatalysis (audio) \ noun
biocatalytic \ -​ˌkat-​ᵊl-​ˈit-​ik How to pronounce biocatalytic (audio) \ adjective

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