- a nitrocellulose compound containing fewer nitrate groups than guncotton, used in the manufacture of artificial silk, leather, oilcloth, etc.
Also py·rox·y·line [pahy-rok-suh-lin, -leen, puh-] /paɪˈrɒk sə lɪn, -ˌlin, pə-/.
Origin of pyroxylin
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He tried mixing in various things to stiffen up the pyroxylin.
Pure xyloidin differs but slightly from pyroxylin, or pure gun-cotton.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The lower nitrates, known as pyroxylin, are less explosive, although still very inflammable.
The quality of collodion differs according to the proportions of alcohol and ether and the nature of the pyroxylin it contains.
The silk referred to is made from a solution of that inflammable material of tremendous force known as gun-cotton, or pyroxylin.Inventions in the Century
William Henry Doolittle
- a yellow substance obtained by nitrating cellulose with a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acids; guncotton: used to make collodion, plastics, lacquers, and adhesives
C19: from pyro- + xyl (o) - + -in
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- A highly flammable cellulose nitrate used in the manufacture of collodion, plastics, and lacquers.trinitrocellulose
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