cellulose

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cel·lu·lose

noun \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

: a substance that is the main part of the cell walls of plants and that is used in making various products (such as paper)

Full Definition of CELLULOSE

:  a polysaccharide (C6H10O5)x of glucose units that constitutes the chief part of the cell walls of plants, occurs naturally in such fibrous products as cotton and kapok, and is the raw material of many manufactured goods (as paper, rayon, and cellophane)

Origin of CELLULOSE

French, from cellule living cell, from New Latin cellula
First Known Use: 1848

cel·lu·lose

noun \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CELLULOSE

: a polysaccharide (C6H10O5)x of glucose units that constitutes the chief part of the cell walls of plants, occurs naturally in such fibrous products as cotton and kapok, and is the raw material of many manufactured goods (as paper, rayon, and cellophane)

cellulose

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Complex carbohydrate (polysaccharide) consisting of 1,000–3,000 or more glucose units in a linear chain structure that can pack into fibres of great tensile strength. The basic structural component of plant cell walls, cellulose is the most abundant of all naturally occurring organic compounds (90% of cotton and 50% of wood). Mammals (including humans) cannot digest cellulose, but bacteria in the rumens of cattle and other ruminants and protozoans in the gut of termites produce enzymes that can break it down. Soil fungi can also break down cellulose. Its most important uses are in wood, paper, and fibre products, as an ethanol and methanol source, and specialized applications. Cellulose derivatives are used in plastics, photographic films, rayon fibres, cellophane, coatings, explosives (e.g., nitrocellulose), and foods (e.g., the stabilizer and thickener carboxymethylcellulose).

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