Definition of nitrocellulose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnītrōˈselyəˌlōs/


A highly flammable material made by treating cellulose with concentrated nitric acid, used to make explosives and celluloid. Also called cellulose nitrate.
Example sentences
  • Nitrogen is an important component of common chemical explosives like TNT, nitroglycerin, gunpowder, guncotton, nitrocellulose, picric acid, and ammonium nitrate.
  • This type of powder was created by dissolving nitrocellulose in ethyl acetate, and forming the round grains under water - much like the oil droplets formed when one shakes vegetable oil and vinegar to make salad dressing.
  • Nitroglycerin can also be used in conjunction with gun cotton or nitrocellulose as a propellant in military applications.

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Syllabification: ni·tro·cel·lu·lose

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