chain reaction n.
1. A series of events in which each induces or influences the next.
2. Physics. A multistage nuclear reaction, especially a self-sustaining series of fissions in which the release of neutrons from the splitting of one atom leads to the splitting of others.
3. Chemistry. A series of reactions in which one product of a reacting set is a reactant in the following set.

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