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[kat-l-ahyz] /ˈkæt lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), catalyzed, catalyzing.
to act upon by catalysis.
Also, especially British, catalyse.
Origin of catalyze
1885-90; cataly(sis) + (-i)ze
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catalyzer, noun Unabridged
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  • Cam's feverish brain had figured out a host of effects to catalyze the audience reaction.

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Word Origin and History for catalyze

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
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.
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