- an inert carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, the chief constituent of the cell walls of plants and of wood, cotton, hemp, paper, etc.
Origin of cellulose
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In this respect, it is like the cellulose of fruits and vegetables.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
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The cellulose group has been further differentiated by later investigations.
The product is a cellulose of the second group of the classification.
Cellulose dinitrate-dinitrobenzoate, and cellulose trinitrate-dinitrobenzoate.
Starch, wood, gum, and cellulose were also included in the investigations.
- a polysaccharide consisting of long unbranched chains of linked glucose units: the main constituent of plant cell walls and used in making paper, rayon, and film
C18: from French cellule cell (see cellule) + -ose ²
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- A complex carbohydrate that is composed of glucose units, forms the main constituent of the cell wall in most plants, and is important in the manufacture of numerous products, such as pharmaceuticals.
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- A carbohydrate that is a polymer composed of glucose units and that is the main component of the cell walls of most plants. It is insoluble in water and is used to make paper, cellophane, textiles, explosives, and other products.
- See cellulose acetate.
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