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methyl cellulose

noun, Chemistry.
a grayish-white powder prepared from cellulose that swells to a highly viscous colloidal solution in water: used as a food additive and in water paints, leather tanning, and cosmetics.
Origin of methyl cellulose
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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methylcellulose in Medicine

methylcellulose meth·yl·cel·lu·lose (měth'əl-sěl'yə-lōs', -lōz')
A powdery substance that swells in water to form a gel, is prepared by the methylation of natural cellulose, and is used as a food additive, a bulk-forming laxative, an emulsifier, and a thickener.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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