n. the acceleration or speeding up of a chemical reaction. This process is achieved with the participation of a catalyst, usually an enzyme or an ion. Commercially, catalysis helps produce a number of chemical products. It is also used in the petroleum refining industry.

CATALYSIS: "Catalysis is useful because it helps speed up the rate of a chemical reaction."
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