methyl cellulose

noun Chemistry.

a grayish-white powder prepared from cellulose that swells to a highly viscous colloidal solution in water: used as a food additive and in water paints, leather tanning, and cosmetics.

Nearby words

  1. methuselah,
  2. methyl,
  3. methyl acetate,
  4. methyl alcohol,
  5. methyl bromide,
  6. methyl chloride,
  7. methyl chloroform,
  8. methyl chloroformate,
  9. methyl ethyl ketone,
  10. methyl formate

Origin of methyl cellulose

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019