cellulose [ sel-y uh-lohs ] SHOW IPA / ˈsɛl yəˌloʊs / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun an inert carbohydrate, (C 6H 10O 5) the chief constituent of the cell walls of plants and of wood, cotton, hemp, paper, etc. n, RELATED WORDS sugar
polysaccharide Nearby words cellulipetal
cellulosity Origin of cellulose 1745–55;
New Latin cellul(a
) live cell (see
-ose 2 Related forms cel·lu·los·i·ty , [sel-y uh- los-i-tee] /ˌsɛl yəˈlɒs ɪ ti/ noun sem·i·cel·lu·lose, noun
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Straw, in fact, which consists of the dry stem and leaves of the wheat plant, is almost wholly made up of
cellulose. British Dictionary definitions for cellulose cellulose / ( ˈsɛljʊˌləʊz, -ˌləʊs) / noun a polysaccharide consisting of long unbranched chains of linked glucose units: the main constituent of plant cell walls and used in making paper, rayon, and film Derived Forms cellulosic, adjective, noun Word Origin for cellulose
C18: from French
cellule cell (see cellule) + -ose ²
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Word Origin and History for cellulose n.
1840, from French
cellulose, coined c.1835 by French chemist Anselme Payen (1795-1871) and confirmed 1839, from noun use of adjective cellulose "consisting of cells," 18c., from Latin cellula (see cellulite) + -ose (see -ose (2)).
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Medicine definitions for cellulose n. A complex carbohydrate that is composed of glucose units, forms the main constituent of the cell wall in most plants, and is important in the manufacture of numerous products, such as pharmaceuticals.
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Science definitions for cellulose A carbohydrate that is a polymer composed of glucose units and that is the main component of the cell walls of most plants. It is insoluble in water and is used to make paper, cellophane, textiles, explosives, and other products. See cellulose acetate.
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Culture definitions for cellulose
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