catalyze

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verb cat·a·lyze \ˈka-tə-ˌlīz\

Definition of catalyze

catalyzed

;

catalyzing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction) an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of the sugars

  3. 2 :  bring about, inspire his vigorous efforts to catalyze us into activity — Harrison Brown

  4. 3 :  to alter significantly by or as if by catalysis innovations in basic chemical theory that have catalyzed the field — Newsweek

catalyzer

noun

Examples of catalyze in a Sentence

  1. a reinstitution of the draft would catalyze protests around the country

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Origin and Etymology of catalyze

see catalysis


First Known Use: 1890

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


Medical Dictionary

catalyze

transitive verb cat·a·lyze
variants: or British

catalyse

\ˈkat-əl-ˌīz\play

Medical Definition of catalyze

catalyzed

or British

catalysed

;

catalyzing

or British

catalysing

  1. :  to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction)

catalyzer

or British

catalyser

noun


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