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cat·a·lyst

 (kăt′l-ĭst)
n.
1. Chemistry A substance, usually used in small amounts relative to the reactants, that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process.
2. One that precipitates a process or event, especially without being involved in or changed by the consequences: "A free press ... has remained ... a vital catalyst to an informed and responsible electorate" (Robert O'Neal).

[From catalysis.]
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catalyst

(ˈkætəlɪst)
n
1. (Chemistry) a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself suffering any permanent chemical change. Compare inhibitor2
2. a person or thing that causes a change
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cat•a•lyst

(ˈkæt l ɪst)

n.
1. a substance that causes or speeds a chemical reaction without itself being affected.
2. a person or thing that precipitates an event or change.
[1900–05; cataly (sis) + (-i) st]
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cat·a·lyst

(kăt′l-ĭst)
A substance that starts or speeds up a chemical reaction while undergoing no permanent change itself. The enzymes in saliva, for example, are catalysts in digestion.

catalyze verb
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catalyst

A substance which alters the rate of a chemical reaction. It takes part in the reaction but remains chemically unchanged by it.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catalyst - (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affectedcatalyst - (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
activator - (biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription
biocatalyst - a biochemical catalyst such as an enzyme
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
platinum black - a fine black powder of platinum; used as a catalyst in chemical reactions
anticatalyst - (chemistry) a substance that retards a chemical reaction or diminishes the activity of a catalyst
2.catalyst - something that causes an important event to happen; "the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country"
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
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catalyst

noun
An agent that stimulates or precipitates a reaction, development, or change:
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Translations
حَفّاز، مُحَفِّزمادَّةٌ حَفّازَه
katalyzátor
drivkraftigangsætterkatalysator
katalysaattorikatalyytti
hvatamaîur, hvatihvati
kas pagreitina permainaskatalizatoriuskatalizuojantis
katalizators
katalyzátor
katalizörnedensebep

catalyst

[ˈkætəlɪst] N (Chem, fig) → catalizador m
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catalyst

[ˈkætəlɪst] n
(= person, event) → catalyseur m
to act as a catalyst → servir de catalyseur
(CHEMISTRY)catalyseur m
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catalyst

n (lit, fig)Katalysator m
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catalyst

[ˈkætəlɪst] n (all senses) → catalizzatore m
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catalyst

(kӕtəlist) noun
1. a substance which causes or assists a chemical change in another substance without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.
2. someone or something that helps bring about a change.
ˌcataˈlytic adjective
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cat·a·lyst

a. catalítico-a, agente estimulante de una reacción química sin afectarla.
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