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[nahy-truh-sel-yuh-lohs] /ˌnaɪ trəˈsɛl yəˌloʊs/
noun, Chemistry
Origin of nitrocellulose
1880-85; nitro- + cellulose
Related forms
nitrocellulosic, nitrocellulous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nitrocellulose
  • The chemist went on to experiment with making aerogels from silica, nitrocellulose and rubber.
  • nitrocellulose is a highly-flammable chemical compound powder that is formed from nitric acid and cellulose.
  • The solubility of guncotton in a mixture of alcohol and ether was discovered a year after nitrocellulose was developed.
British Dictionary definitions for nitrocellulose


another name (not in chemical usage) for cellulose nitrate
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nitrocellulose in Medicine

nitrocellulose ni·tro·cel·lu·lose (nī'trō-sěl'yə-lōs', -lōz')
See cellulose nitrate.

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nitrocellulose in Science
A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids. It is used in the manufacture of explosives, plastics, and solid propellants.
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