[ kahr-bok-see-meth-uhl-sel-yuh-lohs ]

  1. a white, water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose, used as a coating and sizing for paper and textiles, a stabilizer for various foods, and an appetite suppressor.

Origin of carboxymethylcellulose

First recorded in 1945–50; carb- + oxy-2 + methyl + cellulose
  • Also called cellulose gum .

Words Nearby carboxymethylcellulose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024