• WordNet 3.6
    • n nitrocellulose a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Alfred Nobel used a cellulose adhesive (nitrocellulose) as the chemical binder for nitroglycerin, which he used in his invention of dynamite.
    • n Nitrocellulose (Chem) See Gun cotton, under Gun.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nitrocellulose A cellulose ether; a compound of nitric acid and cellulose. The name is given both to guncotton and to the substance from which collodion is made. See guncotton and collodion.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Nitro-, + cellulose,


In literature:

Nobel's invention, "cordite," is composed of nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose with a little mineral jelly or vaseline.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
The products formed by the action of nitric acid are usually considered to be nitrocelluloses.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
This material is composed of nitrocellulose and camphor.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
When cotton is plentiful, nitrocellulose is made as follows.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In news:

A nitrocellulose immunospot assay to enumerate cells secreting anti-BCG antibodies was evaluated in the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis.
It can also safely process nitrocellulose contaminated products.
BAE Systems plans to replace the plant's aging nitrocellulose facility.