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[nahy-truh-sel-yuh-lohs] /ˌnaɪ trəˈsɛl yəˌloʊs/
noun, Chemistry.
Origin of nitrocellulose
First recorded in 1880-85; nitro- + cellulose
Related forms
nitrocellulosic, nitrocellulous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nitrocellulose
Historical Examples
  • Collodion is a solution of nitrocellulose in a mixture of alcohol and ether.

  • When cotton is plentiful, nitrocellulose is made as follows.

  • For ballistite the nitrocellulose is beaten up with nitroglycerine in water.

  • A motion-picture film is a thin ribbon of transparent pyroxylin plastic or nitrocellulose, which is highly inflammable.

  • Noddite: a strip sporting-rifle powder containing nitroglycerine, nitrocellulose, mineral jelly.

  • Nobel's invention, "cordite," is composed of nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose with a little mineral jelly or vaseline.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • These nitrates are variously known as nitrocellulose, pyroxylin, and gun cotton.

  • One of these dopes was nitrate in character and was made from nitrocellulose and certain wood-chemical solvents including alcohol.

  • Flesh splits of hides are simply stuck together with a collodion or nitrocellulose solution.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
British Dictionary definitions for nitrocellulose


another name (not in chemical usage) for cellulose nitrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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nitrocellulose in Medicine

nitrocellulose ni·tro·cel·lu·lose (nī'trō-sěl'yə-lōs', -lōz')
See cellulose nitrate.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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nitrocellulose in Science
A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids. It is used in the manufacture of explosives, plastics, and solid propellants.
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