Translation of "catalyst" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun /kӕtəlist/

(chemistry) a substance which causes or assists a chemical change in another substance without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change

Silver is used as a catalyst to convert ethylene into ethylene oxide.

someone or something that helps bring about a change

The crisis has acted as a catalyst for long overdue reforms.
catalytic adjective

Copper has a catalytic effect on the oxidation of ferrous iron.

(Translation of “catalyst” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)