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.

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Origin of methyl cellulose

First recorded in 1920–25
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Medical definitions for methyl cellulose

methylcellulose
[ mĕth′əl-sĕlyə-lōs′, -lōz′ ]

n.

A powdery substance that swells in water to form a gel, is prepared by the methylation of natural cellulose, and is used as a food additive, a bulk-forming laxative, an emulsifier, and a thickener.
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