cellulose nitrate


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cellulose nitrate

a compound made by treating cellulose with nitric and sulphuric acids, used in plastics, lacquers, and explosives: a nitrogen-containing ester of cellulose

cellulose nitrate

[′sel·yə‚lōs ′nī‚trāt]
(organic chemistry)
Any of several esters of nitric acid, produced by treating cotton or some other form of cellulose with a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids; used as explosive and propellant. Also known as nitrocellulose; nitrocotton.

cellulose nitrate

A material formed by the reaction of cellulose fibers with nitric and sulfuric acids. Those with lower nitrogen content are used as binders in lacquers and are very inflammable. A high nitrogen content results in nitrocellulose, an explosive.
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4) Lacquering with a cellulose nitrate lacquer (three coats).
Diethylene glycol distearate, isopropyl myristate, and isopropyl palmitate are generally compatible with cellulose nitrate and ethyl cellulose.
The cellulose nitrate films - one of which was made in 1899, just years after moving pictures were invented - were the property of Mr Adcock's father Fred, a research engineer for Courtaulds.