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Topic: CHEMISTRY

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: catalysis, on the model of analyst

catalyst

noun
     
cat‧a‧lyst [countable]
1HC technical a substance that makes a chemical reaction happen more quickly without being changed itself
2 something or someone that causes an important change or event to happen
catalyst for
They hope his election will act as a catalyst for reform.
catalytic adjective
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