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nitrocellulose

[nahy-truh-sel-yuh-lohs]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. cellulose nitrate.
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Origin of nitrocellulose

First recorded in 1880–85; nitro- + cellulose
Related formsni·tro·cel·lu·lo·sic, ni·tro·cel·lu·lous, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Collodion is a solution of nitrocellulose in a mixture of alcohol and ether.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

    William McPherson

  • For ballistite the nitrocellulose is beaten up with nitroglycerine in water.

  • When cotton is plentiful, nitrocellulose is made as follows.

  • A motion-picture film is a thin ribbon of transparent pyroxylin plastic or nitrocellulose, which is highly inflammable.

  • Noddite: a strip sporting-rifle powder containing nitroglycerine, nitrocellulose, mineral jelly.


British Dictionary definitions for nitrocellulose

nitrocellulose

noun
  1. another name (not in chemical usage) for cellulose nitrate
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nitrocellulose in Medicine

nitrocellulose

(nī′trō-sĕlyə-lōs′, -lōz′)
n.
  1. cellulose nitrate

nitrocellulose in Science

nitrocellulose

[nī′trō-sĕlyə-lōs′]