Explain the functioning of an inhibitor.

Inhibitors work exactly opposite to catalysts. Inhibitors slow the rate of reaction. Sometimes they can even stop the reaction completely.

Catalyst and inhibitor

An inhibitor is a chemical compound that can either stop or decrease the reaction rate of a chemical reaction. Therefore, we call them “negative catalysts”. Moreover, this compound can reduce the activity of a catalyst as well. Catalyst is a chemical compound that can increase the reaction rate. At the same time, an inhibitor is a chemical compound that can either stop or decrease the reaction rate of a chemical reaction.

  • The key difference between catalyst and inhibitor is that a catalyst increases the reaction rate, whereas an inhibitor stops or decreases the rate of a reaction.

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