- any of a group of acetic esters of cellulose, used to make yarns, textiles, nonflammable photographic films, rubber and celluloid substitutes, etc.
Origin of cellulose acetate
First recorded in 1890–95
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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
- nonflammable material made by acetylating cellulose: used in the manufacture of film, dopes, lacquers, and artificial fibres
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- 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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