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  1. a gelatinous substance obtained by the partial hydrolysis of cellulose, used chiefly in the manufacture of paper, mercerized cotton, and viscose rayon.
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Origin of hydrocellulose

First recorded in 1875–80; hydro-1 + cellulose
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Examples from the Web for hydrocellulose

Historical Examples

  • (b) 'Saccharification' of cellulose, cellulose hydrates, and hydrocellulose.

    Researches on Cellulose

    C. F. Cross

  • Hydrocellulose is soluble in nitric acid, 1.5 specific gravity, without undergoing oxidation.

  • The formation of hydrocellulose has a very important bearing in woollen manufacture.

British Dictionary definitions for hydrocellulose


  1. a gelatinous material consisting of hydrated cellulose, made by treating cellulose with water, acids, or alkalis: used in making paper, viscose rayon, and mercerized cotton
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