A chain-propagating reaction, or more simply a propagating reaction, is an elementary
step in a chain reaction
in which one chain carrier
is converted into another. The conversion can be a unimolecular
reaction or a bimolecular
reaction with a reactant molecule.
PAC, 1996, 68, 149
(A glossary of terms used in chemical kinetics, including reaction dynamics (IUPAC
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