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catalyze

[kat-l-ahyz] /ˈkæt lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), catalyzed, catalyzing.
1.
to act upon by catalysis.
Also, especially British, catalyse.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; cataly(sis) + (-i)ze
Related forms
catalyzer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for catalyze

catalyse

/ˈkætəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to influence (a chemical reaction) by catalysis
Derived Forms
catalyser, (US) catalyzer, noun
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Word Origin and History for catalyze
v.

1890, back-formation from catalysis on model of analyze/analysis. Related: Catalyzed; catalyzing. Probably influenced by French catalyser (1842).

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catalyze in Medicine

catalyze cat·a·lyze (kāt'l-īz')
v. cat·a·lyzed, cat·a·lyz·ing, cat·a·lyz·es
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.

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catalyze in Science
catalyze
  (kāt'l-īz')   
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.
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