a gelatinous substance obtained by the partial hydrolysis of cellulose, used chiefly in the manufacture of paper, mercerized cotton, and viscose rayon.

1875–80; hydro-1 + cellulose

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hydrocellulose (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛljʊˌləʊs, -ˌləʊz)
a gelatinous material consisting of hydrated cellulose, made by treating cellulose with water, acids, or alkalis: used in making paper, viscose rayon, and mercerized cotton

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