A reaction in which one or more of the products formed acts to catalyze the reaction; beginning slowly, the rate of such a reaction rapidly increases. Cf.:chain reaction. SYN: autoactivation.

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au·to·ca·tal·y·sis .ȯt-ō-kə-'tal-ə-səs n, pl -y·ses -.sēz catalysis of a reaction by one of its products called also autoactivation
au·to·cat·a·lyt·ic -.kat-əl-'it-ik adj
au·to·cat·a·lyt·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv

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au·to·ca·tal·y·sis (aw″to-kə-talґə-sis) a catalytic reaction that gradually accelerates in velocity because some of the products of the reaction themselves act as catalytic agents. autocatalytic adj

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  • Autocatalysis — Au to*ca*tal y*sis, n. [Auto + catalysis.] (Chem.) Self catalysis; catalysis of a substance by one of its own products, as of silver oxide by the silver formed by reduction of a small portion of it. {Au to*cat a*lyt ic}, a. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autocatalysis — autocatalysis. См. аутокатализ. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • autocatalysis — [ôt΄ō kə tal′ə sis] n. a chemical reaction in which one or more of the products act as catalysts to accelerate the reaction …   English World dictionary

  • Autocatalysis — A single chemical reaction is said to have undergone autocatalysis, or be autocatalytic, if the reaction product is itself the catalyst for that reaction. A set of chemical reactions can be said to be collectively autocatalytic if a number of… …   Wikipedia

  • autocatalysis — autokatalizė statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Savaiminė katalizė reakcijos produktais. atitikmenys: angl. autocatalysis rus. автокатализ …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • autocatalysis — noun (plural autocatalyses) Etymology: New Latin Date: 1891 catalysis of a reaction by one of its products • autocatalytic adjective • autocatalytically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • autocatalysis — autocatalytic /aw toh kat l it ik/, adj. autocatalytically, adv. /aw toh keuh tal euh sis/, n., pl. autocatalyses / seez /. Chem., Biochem. catalysis caused by a catalytic agent formed during a reaction. [1890 95; AUTO 1 + CATALYSIS] * * * …   Universalium

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