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The term selectivity (S) is used to describe the relative rates of two or more competing reactions on a catalyst. Such competition includes cases of different reactants undergoing simultaneous reactions or of a single reactant taking part in two or more reactions. For the latter case, S may be defined in two ways. The first of these defines a fractional selectivity, S F, for each product by the equation \[S_{\text{F}}=\frac{\xi _{i}}{\sum \xi _{i}}\] The second defines relative selectivities, S R, for each pair of products by \[S_{\text{R}}=\frac{\xi _{i}}{\xi _{j}}\] In each case, ξ i and ξ j are the rates of increase of the extent of reactions*i* and *j* respectively, i.e. \[\xi _{i}=\frac{\mathrm{d}\xi _{i}}{\mathrm{d}t}\] and \[\xi _{j}=\frac{\mathrm{d}\xi _{j}}{\mathrm{d}t}\] where ξ i and ξ j are the extents of reactions i and j respectively.*Source: *

PAC, 1976,*46*, 71. 'Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physicochemical Quantities and Units - Appendix II. Definitions, Terminology and Symbols in Colloid and Surface Chemistry. Part II: Heterogeneous Catalysis' on page 81 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac197646010071)

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