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[vis-kohs] /ˈvɪs koʊs/
a viscous solution prepared by treating cellulose with caustic soda and carbon bisulfide: used in manufacturing regenerated cellulose fibers, sheets, or tubes, as rayon or cellophane.
viscose rayon.
of, relating to, or made from viscose.
Origin of viscose
1350-1400 for def 4; 1895-1900 for def 1; (in def 4) < Late Latin viscōsus viscous (see -ose1); (in def 1) < Latin visc(um) birdlime + -ose2
Can be confused
vicious, viscose, viscous. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The gills are said to be of one color and the ring floccose, viscose, and evanescent in drying.

  • Nitro and viscose silks are more brilliant and lustrous than are real silks.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • Thus in the case of the wood celluloses the percentage recovered from solution as viscose is from 93 to 95 p.ct.

  • Plane or flat by solidifying the viscose on glass surfaces, removing the by-products and rolling the films.

  • A report on the industrial development of viscose, covering essentially the same ground as the above.

  • viscose tubes for sausage containers are more sanitary and appetizing than the customary casings.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • The viscose threads made by the process look as well as silk, but they are not so strong, especially when wet.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • viscose film, transparent and a thousandth of an inch thick (cellophane), serves for candy wrappers.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • But this effect equally follows from addition of alkali to the viscose itself.

  • Was the viscose in the blanket that we have been examining lustered or delustered?

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for viscose


  1. a viscous orange-brown solution obtained by dissolving cellulose in sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide. It can be converted back to cellulose by an acid, as in the manufacture of rayon and cellophane
  2. (as modifier): viscose rayon
rayon made from this material
another word for viscous
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin viscōsus full of birdlime, sticky, from viscum birdlime; see viscid
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