cellulose acetate



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

Nearby words

  1. cellulite,
  2. cellulitis,
  3. celluloid,
  4. cellulolytic,
  5. cellulose,
  6. cellulose nitrate,
  7. cellulose triacetate,
  8. cellulosic,
  9. cellulosity,
  10. celo-navigation

Origin of cellulose acetate

First recorded in 1890–95

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Examples from the Web for cellulose acetate

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

British Dictionary definitions for cellulose acetate

cellulose acetate


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

cellulose acetate

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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