alkali cellulose


Definition of alkali cellulose

: a compound of cellulose with an alkali (as sodium hydroxide) formed during the mercerization of cotton and as the first step in the manufacture of viscose and cellulose ethers

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Alkali cellulose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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