n. pl. ca·tal·y·ses (-sēz′)
The action of a catalyst, especially an increase in the rate of a chemical reaction.
[Greek katalusis, dissolution, from katalūein, to dissolve : kata-, intensive pref.; see CATA- + lūein, to loosen; see leu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
cat′a·lytic (kăt′l-ĭtĭk) adj.
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