1 A reaction in which a single compound is simultaneously oxidized and reduced, eg the spontaneous reaction in water of soluble copper I salts to form equal amounts of copper 0 and copper II. 2 A chain termination reaction where two active free radical chain ends transfer electrons to form two dead chains. See chain polymerization and panel on Polymer synthesis,

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