autocatalytic reaction
A chemical reaction in which a product (or a reaction intermediate ) also functions as a catalyst. In such a reaction the observed rate of reaction is often found to increase with time from its initial value.
See: catalyst, chemical reaction, intermediate, order of reaction, rate of reaction
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