autocatalyticadj. of or relating to a process in which the substance that causes a chemical reaction is itself the product of that reaction
NotesSince the chemical agent initiating an autocatalytic reaction reproduces itself via the reaction itself, autocatalysis is a process that increases in speed over time, requiring quick action (such as storage of affected microfilm, motion picture film, or photographic negatives in extremely cold conditions) to retard or stop it.
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