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cellulose acetate

noun
  1. any of a group of acetic esters of cellulose, used to make yarns, textiles, nonflammable photographic films, rubber and celluloid substitutes, etc.
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Origin of cellulose acetate

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of cellulose acetate

  • The other kind of dope had an acetate base and was made from cellulose-acetate and such wood chemical solvents as acetone.

    America's Munitions 1917-1918

    Benedict Crowell


British Dictionary definitions for cellulose acetate

cellulose acetate

noun
  1. nonflammable material made by acetylating cellulose: used in the manufacture of film, dopes, lacquers, and artificial fibres
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cellulose acetate in Science

cellulose acetate

  1. Any of several compounds obtained by treating cellulose with acetic anhydride. Cellulose acetate is used in lacquers, photographic film, transparent sheeting, and cigarette filters. Also called acetate cellulose
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