cellulose acetate

noun
any of a group of acetic esters of cellulose, used to make yarns, textiles, nonflammable photographic films, rubber and celluloid substitutes, etc.

Origin:
1890–95

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cellulose acetate
 
n
nonflammable material made by acetylating cellulose: used in the manufacture of film, dopes, lacquers, and artificial fibres

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cellulose acetate  
Any of several compounds obtained by treating cellulose with acetic anhydride. Cellulose acetate is used in lacquers, photographic film, transparent sheeting, and cigarette filters. Also called acetate, cellulose.
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To make them, cellulose is extracted from plant sources, and reacted chemically to make cellulose acetate.
Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a plastic that degrades slowly in the environment, if at all.
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