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

Definition of catalytic

: causing, involving, or relating to catalysis

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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 California Highway Patrol finds cache of catalytic converters after 135 mph chase on Bay Bridge. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: The Bay Area police killing that barely registered," 12 Feb. 2021 Grapevine has seen an increase in the theft of catalytic converters this year, police say. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Catalytic converters being stolen more often, Grapevine police say," 29 Dec. 2020 The last time Jefferson Parish undertook a complete reworking of its industrial zoning districts, catalytic converters were still a novel concept. Faimon Roberts,, "Scarred by environmental battles, Jefferson Parish looks to update industrial regulations," 22 Dec. 2020 Two of the three rare earth metals used in catalytic converters are worth more per ounce than gold. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Why Thieves Are Coveting Your Catalytic Converter, Particularly Now," 24 Dec. 2020 Police said two unknown men were captured on video surveillance stealing the catalytic converters from two box trucks parked outside of Eco Lighting Services, 4161 166th St., on Nov. 23. Daily Southtown Staff,, "Southland crime: Vehicle crashes into park sign in Homer Glen, and more," 8 Dec. 2020 Yet his memory lives on as a catalytic moment in the then-emerging civil rights movement. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: White privilege in art museums runs deep," 1 Nov. 2020 There is agreement in Seattle’s restaurant community that the pandemic will be a catalytic moment. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "The News Cycle Is Crushing Seattle’s Vibrant Restaurant Scene," 13 Oct. 2020 This causes the heat to be focused on the site where catalytic activities take place, rather than being evenly spread throughout the reaction. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "If recycling plastics isn’t making sense, remake the plastics," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of catalytic

1836, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2021

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“Catalytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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