catalytic (adj.) from Gk. katalytikos "able to dissolve," from katalyein (see CATALYSIS (Cf. catalysis)).

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  • Catalytic — Cat a*ly tic, a. Relating to, or causing, catalysis. The catalytic power is ill understood. Ure. [1913 Webster] {Catalytic force}, that form of chemical energy formerly supposed to determine catalysis. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catalytic — Cat a*lyt ic, n. (Chem.) An agent employed in catalysis, as platinum black, aluminium chloride, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catalytic — See catalytic converter dual bed catalytic converter mini catalytic converter open loop catalytic converter pellet type catalytic converter primary catalytic converter three way catalytic converter …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • catalytic — [[t]kæ̱təlɪ̱tɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n In chemistry, a catalytic substance or a substance with catalytic properties is a substance which increases the speed of a chemical reaction. ...carbon molecules with unusual chemical and catalytic properties.… …   English dictionary

  • catalytic — adj. Chem. relating to or involving catalysis. Phrases and idioms: catalytic converter a device incorporated in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle, with a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into harmless products. catalytic cracker a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • catalytic — cat·a·lyt·ic (kăt l ĭtʹĭk) adj. Of, involving, or acting as a catalyst: “Deregulation s catalytic power... is still reshaping the banking, communications, and transportation industries” (Ellyn E. Spragins).   [Greek katalutikos, able to dissolve …   Universalium

  • catalytic — Relating to or effecting catalysis. * * * cat·a·lyt·ic .kat əl it ik adj causing, involving, or relating to catalysis <a catalytic reaction> cat·a·lyt·i·cal·ly it i k(ə )lē adv * * * cat·a·lyt·ic (kat″ə litґik) [Gr. katalyein to… …   Medical dictionary

  • catalytic — catalysis ► NOUN ▪ the acceleration of a chemical reaction by a catalyst. DERIVATIVES catalytic adjective. ORIGIN Greek katalusis dissolution …   English terms dictionary

  • catalytic — adjective Date: 1836 causing, involving, or relating to catalysis • catalytically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catalytic — adjective /ˌkætəˈlɪtɪk/ Of or relating to a catalyst; having properties facilitating chemical reaction or change. See Also: catalyst, catalysis, catalyze, catalyzer …   Wiktionary

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