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n. pl. au·to·ca·tal·y·ses (-sēz′)
Catalysis of a chemical reaction by one of the products of the reaction.

au′to·cat′a·lyt′ic (-kăt′l-ĭt′ĭk) adj.
au′to·cat′a·lyt′i·cal·ly adv.


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(Chemistry) the catalysis of a reaction in which the catalyst is one of the products of the reaction


(ˌɔ toʊ kəˈtæl ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
catalysis caused by a catalytic agent formed during a chemical reaction.
au`to•cat`a•lyt′ic (-ˌkæt lˈɪt ɪk) adj.


The action as a catalyst by one of the products of a chemical reaction.
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Noun1.autocatalysis - catalysis in which the catalyst is one of the products of the reaction
catalysis, contact action - acceleration of a chemical reaction induced the presence of material that is chemically unchanged at the end of the reaction; "of the top 50 commodity chemicals, 30 are created directly by catalysis and another 6 are made from raw materials that are catalytically produced"
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Furthermore, PLA oligomers resulted in autocatalysis by the terminal carboxylic acid groups which resulted in the faster degradation rate of PLA [44].
He believes the essence of life is the difference between these two types of reactions, wherein autocatalysis becomes important to life.
In addition, no formation of Br2 and no autocatalysis was observed during the course of experiment.
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Examples of this include phenomena like autocatalysis in organic chemistry and self-reinforcement in non-linear weather dynamics.
Also, in some organs like in flowers of Dendrobium, ethylene can trigger autocatalysis, resulting in its own massive production (LERSLERWONG & KETSA, 2008).
In a similar manner, autocatalysis with reversible reactions also generates transcritical bifurcation and thresholds (Figure 6D-F).
This C protein can cut NS2/NS3 connection site and its mode of action is mainly autocatalysis.
The first is a circuit of production comparable to the notion of autocatalysis (a produces b, b produces a).
Stability and pattern formation in a coupled arbitrary order of autocatalysis system.
Among them are the copolymer composition [33], morphology [34], autocatalysis by acidic degradation products inside a matrix [35, 36], presence of drugs [37] or other excipients [38] and preparation technique [39].