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


a nitrocellulose compound containing fewer nitrate groups than guncotton, used in the manufacture of artificial silk, leather, oilcloth, etc.
Also py·rox·y·line [pahy-rok-suh-lin, -leen, puh-] /paɪˈrɒk sə lɪn, -ˌlin, pə-/.

Origin of pyroxylin

1830–40; pyro- + xyl- + -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pyroxylin


/ (paɪˈrɒksɪlɪn) /


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


[ pī-rŏksə-lĭn ]


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