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chain reaction

Definitions of chain reaction
  1. noun
    a series of chemical reactions in which the product of one is a reactant in the next
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    type of:
    chemical reaction, reaction
    (chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others
  2. noun
    a self-sustaining nuclear reaction; a series of nuclear fissions in which neutrons released by splitting one atom leads to the splitting of others
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    type of:
    nuclear reaction
    (physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei
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