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cellulose

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noun cel·lu·lose \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Simple Definition of cellulose

  • : 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

  1. :  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


CELLULOSE Defined for Kids

cellulose

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noun cel·lu·lose \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs\

Definition of cellulose

  1. :  a substance that is the chief part of the cell walls of plants and is used in making various products (as paper and rayon)




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cellulose

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noun cel·lu·lose \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Medical Definition of cellulose

  1. :  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)




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