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nitrocellulose

[ nahy-truh-sel-yuh-lohs ]
/ ˌnaɪ trəˈsɛl yəˌloʊs /
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noun Chemistry.
any of a group of nitric esters of cellulose, used in the manufacture of lacquers and explosives: used as a film base in the early days of filmmaking, nitrocellulose is now a common component of multilayered film structures, especially cellophane.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrocellulose

nitrocellulose
/ (ˌnaɪtrəʊˈsɛljʊˌləʊs) /

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

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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