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  1. 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.
  2. viscose rayon.
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  1. of, relating to, or made from viscose.
  2. viscous.
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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 confusedvicious viscose viscous
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Historical Examples

  • The gills are said to be of one color and the ring floccose, viscose, and evanescent in drying.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

    George Francis Atkinson

  • Nitro and viscose silks are more brilliant and lustrous than are real silks.

    The Story of Silk

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Thus in the case of the wood celluloses the percentage recovered from solution as viscose is from 93 to 95 p.ct.

  • Plane or flat by solidifying the viscose on glass surfaces, removing the by-products and rolling the films.

  • A report on the industrial development of viscose, covering essentially the same ground as the above.

British Dictionary definitions for viscose


    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
  1. rayon made from this material
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  1. another word for viscous
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Word Origin

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