initiating agent


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initiating agent

[i′nish·ē‚ād·iŋ ‚ā·jənt]
(materials)
An explosive material which has the necessary sensitivity to heat, friction, or percussion to make it suitable for use as the initial element in an explosive train.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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