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nitrate film

[ nahy-treyt film, -trit ]
/ ˈnaɪ treɪt ˌfɪlm, -trɪt /
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noun

a formerly produced film stock using a base of nitrocellulose: extremely flammable and tending to erode at a relatively early age.
a motion picture made with or printed on this film: Preserving these nitrate films is difficult and hazardous, and projecting them requires a special license.

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Origin of nitrate film

First recorded in 1920–25
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