cat·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ˌka-tə-ˈli-tik \

Definition of catalytic 

: causing, involving, or relating to catalysis

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Other Words from catalytic

catalytically \ -​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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It is lifted by a thin, 17-foot rotor blade that whirls just above the pilot's head under the power of hydrogen peroxide fuel broken down by catalytic action into steam that is ejected at high speed from the rotor tips. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: The Pinwheel helicopter," 19 June 2018 But the catalytic evil of the park has turned out to be something far less futuristic than the show’s premise would imply. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Westworld’s Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy," 24 June 2018 In the mid-1970s, Dale Flook applied for a patent on the concept of using a computer to monitor a process of catalytic conversion of hydrocarbons. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today," 21 June 2018 The second season, which arrived in 2017, tackled the conundrum of Kanye West's catalytic My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Is It Futile to 'Dissect' Frank Ocean's Work?," 17 May 2018 Remarkably, all the protein in all organisms is made by the catalytic activity of the RNA component of the ribosome, the cellular machine that reads genetic information and makes protein molecules. Jack Szostak, Scientific American, "How Did Life Begin?," 8 May 2018 For community leaders who lack resources, Mr. Grogan said, rehabilitating just one house or creating a community garden can have a catalytic effect. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "When Your Fixer-Upper Is Your Hometown," 13 Apr. 2018 The building’s redevelopment was cited as a potential catalytic project for the neighborhood in a 2015 design charrette sponsored by the North Avenue/Fond Du Lac Business Improvement District. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Sears store in Milwaukee's central city to be redeveloped into new commercial uses," 24 Jan. 2018 Ouabain binds to the α unit, the catalytic business end. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Poison arrows inspire new male contraceptive, scientists report," 21 Jan. 2018

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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cat·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ˌkat-ᵊl-ˈit-ik \

Medical Definition of catalytic 

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

Other Words from catalytic

catalytically \ -​ˈit-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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