Adjective "catalytic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or involving the action of a catalyst.
  1. 'The association of the monomers may affect the catalytic activity of the enzyme.'
  2. 'Their implications for catalytic function and ligand interaction are discussed.'
  3. 'This is why crystallised enzymes often retain their catalytic activities.'
  4. 'If even one amino acid in the enzyme is changed, the enzyme may lose its catalytic activity.'
  5. 'His study elucidated the effects of ligand structure and electronics on catalytic activity.'
  6. 'Traces of metal ions (which could act as catalytic redox centres) were similarly ruled out.'
  7. 'It is frequently reported that a crystalline enzyme retains some catalytic activity.'
  8. 'It was the first RNA molecule to be shown to have a catalytic activity and has since been studied in great detail.'
  9. 'The catalytic region of the enzyme, called the active site, is a very small pocket on its outer surface.'
  10. 'Obviously, the catalytic residues of an enzyme are key to its molecular function.'


1. Chemistry. the causing or accelerating of a chemical change by the addition of a catalyst.

2. an action between two or more persons or forces, initiated by an agent that itself remains unaffected by the action: social catalyses occasioned by controversial writings.

More examples(as adjective)

"warnings can be catalytic for markets."

"people can be catalytic to developments."

"crackers can be catalytic."

"units can be catalytic."

"convertors can be catalytic."

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(catalysis)Mid 19th century: from catalysis, on the pattern of pairs such as analysis, analytic.