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chain reaction

A series of events wherein the outcome of each instance specifically influences or causes the next. The phrase comes from the occurrence of such reactions in chemistry and physics. Deciding to take a course studying James Joyce in college set up a chain reaction that ultimately led me to move to Ireland. When one bookshelf fell, it caused a chain reaction that knocked over all the rest.
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chain reaction

A series of events in which each influences or gives rise to the next event, as in If one person collects substantial damages by suing a company, you can expect a chain reaction of such lawsuits . The term originated in the physical sciences, first (1920s) chemistry and later (1940) physics; in the latter it denotes a process of nuclear fission. By the 1940s it had been transferred to more general use.
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Investigation of varicella-zoster virus infection by polymerase chain reaction in the immunocompetent host with acute varicella.
Once those compounds had settled in the delta, geological processes such as uplifting of earth layers and erosion eventually positioned the deposits of concentrated uranium underground, where they were bathed in enough water to start the chain reactions.
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Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov indicated Thursday Russia will continue conducting subcritical nuclear tests that do not cause sustained nuclear chain reactions.
In MS, a massive inflammation of nerve tissue gradually destroys nerves in the spinal cord which causes a chain reaction of deterioration in the body.
Twenty-one hours after the chain reaction began, rescue workers halted it by draining water from the mixing tank and smothering the uranium with boric acid, which absorbs maverick neutrons.
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in a big, big way Like a chain reaction, the momentum that began a few years ago on the Upper East Side has spread throughout the city, from east to west, from uptown and, most recently, to Downtown.
Daghlian worked at what was known as the Omega Site, where technicians experimented with pushing hemispheres of plutonium together, then waited for a chain reaction to begin.
Minus the personal details and the upper-middle-class slant, this is the narrative, more or less, of Chain Reaction.
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CHAIN Reaction, the cluster of organisations representing Teesside's growing renewable energy sector and its associated supply chain, held a recent strategy meeting in Middlesbrough to discuss key issues and determine how the group should develop moving forwards.
The launch took place during PD Ports' Chain Reaction conference in Hartlepool to promote the concept.
Plasma was examined by multiplex reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) (1) and multiplex real-time RT-PCR (2), both of which showed positive results for H5N1 virus.