from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, involving, or acting as a catalyst: "Deregulation's catalytic power . . . is still reshaping the banking, communications, and transportation industries” ( Ellyn E. Spragins).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to a catalyst; having properties facilitating chemical reaction or change.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to, or causing, catalysis.
- n. An agent employed in catalysis, as platinum black, aluminium chloride, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or characterized by catalysis; having the power of decomposing a compound body apparently by mere contact; resulting from catalysis.
- A term applied to evolutionary stages or conditions in which organisms are degenerating toward sterility, as a result either of too wide cross-breeding or of too narrow inbreeding. Aberrant or mutative hybrids and abrupt mutative variations or sports appear in the catalytic stages. Compare dialytic, 4, *hemilytic, and *prostholytic.
- n. Same as catalytic agent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or causing or involving catalysis
Greek katalutikos, able to dissolve, from katalusis, dissolution; see catalysis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)