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complex-mode reaction

An elementary reaction which proceeds via an intermediate species having a lifetime longer than a few rotational periods is known as a complex-mode reaction, or as an indirect reaction.
See also: direct reaction
PAC, 1996, 68, 149 (A glossary of terms used in chemical kinetics, including reaction dynamics (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)) on page 160
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