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ˌkæt lˈɪt ɪkcat·a·lyt·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catalyticadjective

    relating to or causing or involving catalysis

    "catalytic reactions"


  1. catalyticadjective

    Of or relating to a catalyst; having properties facilitating chemical reaction or change.


  1. catalytic

    Catalysis () is the process of increasing the rate of a chemical reaction by adding a substance known as a catalyst (). Catalysts are not consumed in the reaction and remain unchanged after it. If the reaction is rapid and the catalyst recycles quickly, very small amounts of catalyst often suffice; mixing, surface area, and temperature are important factors in reaction rate. Catalysts generally react with one or more reactants to form intermediates that subsequently give the final reaction product, in the process of regenerating the catalyst. Catalysis may be classified as either homogeneous, whose components are dispersed in the same phase (usually gaseous or liquid) as the reactant, or heterogeneous, whose components are not in the same phase. Enzymes and other biocatalysts are often considered as a third category. Catalysis is ubiquitous in chemical industry of all kinds. Estimates are that 90% of all commercially produced chemical products involve catalysts at some stage in the process of their manufacture. The term "catalyst" is derived from Greek καταλύειν, kataluein, meaning "loosen" or "untie". The concept of catalysis was invented by chemist Elizabeth Fulhame, based on her novel work in oxidation-reduction experiments.


  1. catalytic

    Catalytic refers to the process or act of causing or accelerating a chemical reaction through the assistance of a substance known as a catalyst, which remains unchanged itself during the reaction. This term can also be used in a non-scientific context to represent anything that stimulates or precipitates a change or action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catalyticadjective

    relating to, or causing, catalysis

  2. Catalyticnoun

    an agent employed in catalysis, as platinum black, aluminium chloride, etc


  1. Catalytic

    Company Vision Electronic design starts with ideas: how to best transmit gigabytes of data through the air, how to decode that data to display sharp motion video on a large screen and many more. While there are numerous physical challenges realizing these ideas in silicon, there are many opportunities to help the algorithm developers - the idea creators. Algorithm developers create the key differentiation for many electronic products; their creations drive product development. Due to its scientific nature, algorithm development is often separate from the rest of the product development organization. It has its own development timeline, tool flow, and methodology. Because algorithm development is where electronic design begins, tools in this area have the highest potential for impact on many end products. Algorithm developers create the mathematical recipes that enable ideas to become reality. Their primary vehicle for this task is MATLAB®, by The MathWorks. Users of MATLAB love the interpreted vector language and powerful visualization capabilities for algorithm exploration. This higher level programming abstraction is their lingua franca; it matches the abstraction at which they think about problems - mathematical equations. However, the power of MATLAB is also its weakness: its interpreted nature slows simulation speeds, and its abstractness limits its use to algorithm developers, not product groups. As a result, developers are often forced to temporarily freeze algorithm changes and manually translate their algorithms into C-code, a more efficient language that is pervasive throughout the organization. Catalytic provides products that automate this process and not only free algorithm developers from mundane error-prone tasks, but also benefit the entire organization by letting the idea creators create more. Investors ITU Ventures New Enterprise Associates (NEA) CMEA Ventures Corporate Fact Sheet Catalytic Corporate Fact Sheet. December 2006 (Download PDF)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catalytic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catalytic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of catalytic in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Matthias Mueller:

    We have one (catalytic converter) in the works and we believe that will be a part of the technical solutions.

  2. Ed Gonzalez:

    Possibly a catalytic converter that was being stolen, we're not sure. Those details are still being investigated. But, he intervened. He intervened to try to stop a crime.

  3. John Palmieri:

    We know that there are many individuals in this country who are struggling with suicidal concerns, with mental health or substance use concerns, who aren’t able to access the care that they need. And in many respects, historically, because of funding limitations or other limitations, the system has let them down, so, this is truly an opportunity with 988 – as a catalytic moment – to be able to transform the crisis care system to better meet those needs in a less restrictive, more person-centered, more treatment- and recovery-oriented way.

  4. Mieczyslaw Kaczmarczyk:

    Inside there are highly effective, catalytic gas burners which burn the gas superbly. Their unique feature is that the combustion of gas occurs at a very high temperature, about 800 degrees (Celsius). Therefore the gas burns completely, it burns very accurately, and harmful gases such as carbon monoxide or nitrogen oxides are not produced.

  5. Chief Executive Matthias Mueller:

    We have one (catalytic converter) in the works and we believe that that will be a part of the technical solutions.

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