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cellulose nitrate

any of a group of nitric esters of cellulose, used in the manufacture of lacquers and explosives.
Also called nitrocellulose, nitrocotton.
Origin of cellulose nitrate
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cellulose nitrate

cellulose nitrate

a compound made by treating cellulose with nitric and sulphuric acids, used in plastics, lacquers, and explosives: a nitrogen-containing ester of cellulose Also called (not in chemical usage) nitrocellulose See also guncotton
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cellulose nitrate in Medicine

cellulose nitrate n.
A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and used in the manufacture of explosives and plastics. Also called nitrocellulose.

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