Definition of Chain Reaction

Definition: A chain reaction is a series of reactions where the products contribute to the reactants of another reaction without outside influence.

A nuclear chain reaction is a fission reaction where the neutrons generated by the fission process go on and initiate fission in other atoms.

Format
mla apa chicago
Your Citation
Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Definition of Chain Reaction." ThoughtCo, Jun. 20, 2014, thoughtco.com/definition-of-chain-reaction-604899. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2014, June 20). Definition of Chain Reaction. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-chain-reaction-604899 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Definition of Chain Reaction." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-chain-reaction-604899 (accessed November 19, 2017).