Origin of celloidin

First recorded in 1880–85; cell(ulose) + -oid + -in2
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Examples from the Web for celloidin

Historical Examples of celloidin

  • To overcome this, the sections might also be embedded in celloidin.

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  • Pour some soft celloidin into a test tube; carefully revolve the test tube so that an even film of celloidin dries on the inside.

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  • After a short time water begins to rise in the tube, having passed through the film of celloidin.

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  • Various grades of celloidin, thick and thin, in wide-mouthed bottles.

  • Remove the solution of gelatine from the interior of the celloidin case with a pipette.

British Dictionary definitions for celloidin


  1. a nitrocellulose compound derived from pyroxylin, used in a solution of alcohol and ether for embedding specimens before cutting sections for microscopy

Word Origin for celloidin

C20: from cellulose + -oid + -in
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