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.