cellulose-nitrate

cellulose nitrate

noun
any of a group of nitric esters of cellulose, used in the manufacture of lacquers and explosives.


Origin:
1890–95

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

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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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