[ vis-kohs ]
/ ˈvɪs koʊs /


a viscous solution prepared by treating cellulose with caustic soda and carbon bisulfide: used in manufacturing regenerated cellulose fibers, sheets, or tubes, as rayon or cellophane.
viscose rayon.


of, relating to, or made from viscose.

Origin of viscose

1350–1400 for def 4; 1895–1900 for def 1; (in def 4) < Late Latin viscōsus viscous (see -ose1); (in def 1) < Latin visc(um) birdlime + -ose2

Can be confused

vicious viscose viscous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for viscose


/ (ˈvɪskəʊs) /


  1. a viscous orange-brown solution obtained by dissolving cellulose in sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide. It can be converted back to cellulose by an acid, as in the manufacture of rayon and cellophane
  2. (as modifier)viscose rayon
rayon made from this material


another word for viscous

Word Origin for viscose

C19: from Late Latin viscōsus full of birdlime, sticky, from viscum birdlime; see viscid
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