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cellulose nitrate

noun
1.
any of a group of nitric esters of cellulose, used in the manufacture of lacquers and explosives.
Also called nitrocellulose, nitrocotton.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • Ignites on contact with cellulose nitrate of sufficiently high surface area.
British Dictionary definitions for cellulose nitrate

cellulose nitrate

noun
1.
a compound made by treating cellulose with nitric and sulphuric acids, used in plastics, lacquers, and explosives: a nitrogen-containing ester of cellulose Also called (not in chemical usage) nitrocellulose See also guncotton
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cellulose nitrate in Medicine

cellulose nitrate n.
A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and used in the manufacture of explosives and plastics. Also called nitrocellulose.

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Encyclopedia Article for cellulose nitrate

nitrocellulose

a mixture of nitric esters of cellulose, and a highly flammable compound that is the main ingredient of modern gunpowder. Nitrocellulose is a fluffy white substance that retains some of the fibrous structure of untreated cellulose. It is not stable to heat, and even carefully prepared samples will ignite on brief heating to more than about 150 C (300 F). When nitrocellulose decomposes, it forms products that catalyze further decomposition; this reaction, if not stopped in time, results in an explosion

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