carboxymethylcellulose

noun

car·​boxy·​meth·​yl·​cel·​lu·​lose kär-ˌbäk-sē-ˌme-thəl-ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs How to pronounce carboxymethylcellulose (audio)
-ˌlōz
: an acid ether derivative of cellulose that in the form of its sodium salt is used as a thickening, emulsifying, and stabilizing agent and as a bulk laxative in medicine

Examples of carboxymethylcellulose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those tampons contained ingredients like polyester foam and carboxymethylcellulose, a thickening agent that enabled more expansion than other tampons did, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Korin Miller, SELF, 23 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carboxymethylcellulose was in 1945

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“Carboxymethylcellulose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carboxymethylcellulose. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

carboxymethylcellulose

noun
car·​boxy·​meth·​yl·​cel·​lu·​lose (ˌ)kär-ˌbäk-sē-ˌmeth-əl-ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz How to pronounce carboxymethylcellulose (audio)
: an acid ether derivative of cellulose that in the form of its sodium salt is used as a thickening, emulsifying, and stabilizing agent and as a bulk laxative in medicine
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