autocatalysis [aw-toh-kuh-tal-uh-sis] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural au·to·ca·tal·y·ses [aw-toh-kuh-tal-uh-seez] /ˌɔ toʊ kəˈtæl əˌsiz/. Chemistry, Biochemistry.caused by a catalytic agent formed during a reaction.
Origin of autocatalysis First recorded in 1890–95;+ Related formsau·to·cat·a·lyt·ic [aw-toh-kat-l-it-ik] /ˌɔ toʊˌkæt lˈɪt ɪk/, adjectiveau·to·cat·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverb Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for autocatalysis Historical Examples of autocatalysis
He demonstrated the processes of synthesis and autocatalysis that enabled such small samples to be multiplied indefinitely.
British Dictionary definitions for autocatalysis autocatalysis noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz) the catalysis of a reaction in which the catalyst is one of the products of the reaction Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 autocatalysis in Medicine autocatalysis [ô′tō-kə-tăl′ĭ-sĭs] n. Catalysis of a chemical reaction by one of the products of the reaction. Related formsau′to•cat′a•lyt′ic (-kăt′l-ĭt′ĭk) adj. The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.