methylcellulose

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methylcellulose

[′meth·əl′sel·yə‚lōs]
(organic chemistry)
A grayish-white powder derived from cellulose; swells in water to a colloidal solution; soluble in glacial acetic acid; used in water-based paints and ceramic glazes, for leather tanning, and as a thickening and sizing agent, adhesive, and food additive. Also known as cellulose methyl ether.