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nitrocellulose   (nī'trō-sěl'yə-lōs')  Pronunciation Key 
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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