The initial slow phase of a chemical reaction which later accelerates. Induction periods
are often observed with radical reactions, but they may also occur in other systems
(for example before steady-state concentration of the reactants is reached).
PAC, 1994, 66, 1077
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PAC, 1996, 68, 149
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