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nitrocellulose Line breaks: nitro|cel¦lu¦lose
Pronunciation: /ˌnʌɪtrəʊˈsɛljʊləʊz/

Definition of nitrocellulose in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A highly flammable material made by treating cellulose with concentrated nitric acid, used to make explosives (e.g. guncotton) and celluloid.
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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