Origin of nitrocellulose

First recorded in 1880–85; nitro- + cellulose
Related formsni·tro·cel·lu·lo·sic, ni·tro·cel·lu·lous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for nitrocellulose


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


[nī′trō-sĕlyə-lōs′, -lōz′]
  1. cellulose nitrate
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nitrocellulose in Science


  1. 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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