cat·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌka-tə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce catalytic (audio) \

Definition of catalytic

: causing, involving, or relating to catalysis

Other Words from catalytic

catalytically \ ˌka-​tə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce catalytic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of catalytic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bill also does not include language regulating the informal, online sales of catalytic converters. Simon Levien,, 20 June 2022 Europe cleverly serves as both vibrant backdrop and catalytic metaphor as the pressure builds around parallel narratives. Jd Linville, Variety, 23 May 2022 Confrontations between catalytic converters thieves and car owners have become dangerous and deadly. Chron, 6 May 2022 Refiners on the Gulf Coast in particular may find one hurdle to maxing out rates is finding a replacement for Russia’s vacuum gas oil, a key feedstock for their gasoline-making fluid catalytic crackers. Barbara J Powell,, 30 Mar. 2022 Before deputies got to the scene, they were informed two individuals drove from the area in a silver Chevy Malibu and were suspected of cutting catalytic converters from cars in the area. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 7 June 2022 Police estimate the value of the catalytic converters to be more than $195,000. Adam Terro, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2022 Two catalytic converters were reported stolen from transport vans at a business May 23. cleveland, 26 May 2022 Effective July 1, the law restricts scrap and junk dealers from buying catalytic converters and requires extensive record keeping of transactions. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of catalytic

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Catalytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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cat·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌkat-ᵊl-ˈit-ik How to pronounce catalytic (audio) \

Medical Definition of catalytic

: causing, involving, or relating to catalysis a catalytic reaction

Other Words from catalytic

catalytically \ -​ˈit-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce catalytic (audio) \ adverb

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