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spontaneous combustion

noun

: burning that is caused by chemical actions inside of something rather than by heat from the outside

Full Definition of SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

:  self-ignition of combustible material through chemical action (as oxidation) of its constituents —called also spontaneous ignition

First Known Use of SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

1795
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION Defined for Kids

spontaneous combustion

noun

Definition of SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION for Kids

:  a bursting of material into flame from the heat produced within itself through chemical action

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