nitrocellulose definition

  • noun:
    • A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and found in the manufacture of explosives, collodion, plastics, and solid monopropellants. Also called guncotton, cellulose nitrate.
    • A cotton-like product, made from cellulose by the action of nitric and sulphuric acids, utilized in the make of explosives, collodion etc.
    • See Gun cotton fiber, under gun.
    • A cellulose ether; a compound of nitric acid and cellulose.
    • a nitric acid ester; utilized in lacquers and explosives

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