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cellulose nitrate


noun

any of a group of nitric esters of cellulose, used in the manufacture of lacquers and explosives.

Nearby words

cellulitis, celluloid, cellulolytic, cellulose, cellulose acetate, cellulose nitrate, cellulose triacetate, cellulosic, cellulosity, celo-navigation, celom

Origin of cellulose nitrate

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for cellulose nitrate

cellulose nitrate


noun

a compound made by treating cellulose with nitric and sulphuric acids, used in plastics, lacquers, and explosives: a nitrogen-containing ester of celluloseAlso called (not in chemical usage): nitrocellulose See also guncotton
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Medicine definitions for cellulose nitrate

cellulose nitrate


n.

A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and used in the manufacture of explosives and plastics.nitrocellulose
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