[ nahy-truh-sel-yuh-lohs ]
/ ˌnaɪ trəˈsɛl yəˌloʊs /

noun Chemistry.

Origin of nitrocellulose

First recorded in 1880–85; nitro- + cellulose

OTHER WORDS FROM nitrocellulose

ni·tro·cel·lu·lo·sic, ni·tro·cel·lu·lous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nitrocellulose

/ (ˌnaɪtrəʊˈsɛljʊˌləʊs) /


another name (not in chemical usage) for cellulose nitrate
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Medicine definitions for nitrocellulose

[ nī′trō-sĕlyə-lōs′, -lōz′ ]


cellulose nitrate
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Science definitions for nitrocellulose

[ nī′trō-sĕlyə-lōs′ ]

A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids. It is used in the manufacture of explosives, plastics, and solid propellants.
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