pyroxylin

[ pahy-rok-suh-lin, puh- ]
/ paɪˈrɒk sə lɪn, pə- /
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noun

a nitrocellulose compound containing fewer nitrate groups than guncotton, used in the manufacture of artificial silk, leather, oilcloth, etc.

Nearby words

  1. pyrotic,
  2. pyrotoxin,
  3. pyrotraumatic dermatitis,
  4. pyroxene,
  5. pyroxenite,
  6. pyrrha,
  7. pyrrhic,
  8. pyrrhic victory,
  9. pyrrho,
  10. pyrrhonic

Also py·rox·y·line [pahy-rok-suh-lin, -leen, puh-] /paɪˈrɒk sə lɪn, -ˌlin, pə-/.

Origin of pyroxylin

1830–40; pyro- + xyl- + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for pyroxylin

pyroxylin

/ (paɪˈrɒksɪlɪn) /

noun

a yellow substance obtained by nitrating cellulose with a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acids; guncotton: used to make collodion, plastics, lacquers, and adhesives

Word Origin for pyroxylin

C19: from pyro- + xyl (o) - + -in

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Medicine definitions for pyroxylin

pyroxylin

[ pī-rŏksə-lĭn ]

n.

A highly flammable cellulose nitrate used in the manufacture of collodion, plastics, and lacquers.trinitrocellulose

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