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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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The increases could have arisen from effects due to mixing coupled with short-term autocatalysis [23].
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.
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If any disturbance occurs, this equilibrium may be undone and a variation of the mechanism known as autocatalysis via carboxylic and hydroxyl groups may occur.
System (43) corresponds to the Gray-Scott cubic autocatalysis model [13] which is related to two irreversible chemical reactions and exhibits mixed mode spatiotemporal chaos.
This attracted Makinde and Animasaun [8, 9] to focus on the case of quartic autocatalysis kind of chemical reaction in the flow of an electrically conducting nanofluid containing gyrotactic-microorganism over an upper horizontal surface of a paraboloid of revolution in the presence and absence of thermophoresis and Brownian motion.
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However, the autocatalysis B1 model assumes that defects formed at the reaction interface during nuclei growth further catalyze and, hence, accelerate the reaction.