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
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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