Definition of cellulose in English:

cellulose

Line breaks: cel¦lu|lose
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛljʊləʊz
 
, -s/

noun

[mass noun]
1An insoluble substance which is the main constituent of plant cell walls and of vegetable fibres such as cotton. It is a polysaccharide consisting of chains of glucose monomers.
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  • Dietary fibre consists of plant material such as cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin, polysaccharides, gums, mucilage and lignin.
  • Several recent publications have described the properties of composites of bacterial cellulose with plant cell wall polysaccharides.
  • Major constituents of the cell wall are cellulose, hemicelluloses and pectins.
2Paint or lacquer consisting principally of cellulose acetate or nitrate in solution.
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  • The float is then given two coats of cellulose paint to seal it.
  • The balsa wood was giving two coats of cellulose paint to seal it.
  • Drawn by the smell of petrol and cellulose paint, Angus wandered into a car enthusiast's glory hole.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, from cellule ‘small cell ’ + -ose2.

Derivatives

cellulosic

Pronunciation: /-ˈləʊsɪk/
adjective
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  • While companies like Iogen, a Canadian biofuel company, research ways to make cellulosic ethanol commercially viable, corn-based ethanol is only affordable to consumers through tax subsidies.
  • These data confirmed our earlier conclusions that pointed toward the fact that MWL is more photoreactive when absorbed on a cellulosic fiber matrix, most likely due to the larger surface area provided when it is absorbed on a fiber matrix.
  • Unlike conventional ethanol, bioethanol is made not from grain, but from cellulosic biomass, such as wheat straw, sugar cane bagasse, and corn stovers and stalks left over after harvesting.

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