catalyst

Definition of catalyst

n.1.(Chem.) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected; as, thousands of enzymes serve in concert as calaysts to produce the sequence of reactions we call "life"; the industrial production of cheap ammonia depended on finding a good catalyst.
2.something that serves as a precipitating occasion for an event; as, the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country.
3.something or someone that causes events to happen with itself being changed.

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