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pyroxylin

noun py·rox·y·lin \pī-ˈräk-sə-lən, pə-\

Definition of PYROXYLIN

1
:  a flammable mixture of nitrocelluloses used especially in making plastics and water-repellent coatings (as lacquers)
2
:  a pyroxylin product

Origin of PYROXYLIN

International Scientific Vocabulary pyr- + Greek xylon wood
First Known Use: circa 1847

pyroxylin

noun py·rox·y·lin \pī-ˈräk-sə-lən, pə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PYROXYLIN

:  a flammable mixture of cellulose nitrates usually with less than 12.5 percent nitrogen that is less explosive than guncotton, soluble in a mixture of ether and alcohol or other organic solvents, and used especially in making plastics and coatings (as lacquers)—see collodion

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