- any of a group of nitric esters of cellulose, used in the manufacture of lacquers and explosives.
Origin of cellulose nitrate
First recorded in 1890–95
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- a compound made by treating cellulose with nitric and sulphuric acids, used in plastics, lacquers, and explosives: a nitrogen-containing ester of celluloseAlso called (not in chemical usage): nitrocellulose See also guncotton
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- A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and used in the manufacture of explosives and plastics.nitrocellulose
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